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May 18, 2011
Overnight Open Thread
Almost certainly not - at least based on this 1931 test given by the West Virginia Department of Education.
The scope and depth of the exam speaks for itself. What is important to understand is that the students came from families that were very challenged financially, especially during the depression years. They lived on small family farms, and, just to make ends meet, every member of the family had to work on the farm. Each child had chores to do before and after school, and, as there were very few automobiles in that area, they walked to and from school each day, some of them walking several miles each way. At night after chores there was homework and then to bed.
But of course whether a test is hard or easy very much depends on the particular curriculum that the students have been following as one commenter points out:
Moreover, look at what *isn't* on the test that we would assume students in 8th grade would have covered. The math is very elementary - it includes no geometry, very little algebra, no statistics or probability. The science is even more sparse - other than 'hygiene', there is no coverage of basic biology, chemistry or physics.Still all things considered I think I'd rather have a modern student do decently on this complete test rather than get a perfect score on any one section of a modern test.
Having a good base of knowledge and the ability to think and write coherently goes a long way in the real world. And if you've already got these tools, then learning algebra, chemistry, or anything else will far easier.
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Brady Knowlton believes it's his inalienable right as a Texan to shove his bare hand into the mouth of a 60-pound catfish and yank it out of a river.
Techniques vary. When the fisherman puts his hand into the hole where the fish is, the fish usually bites. Then he can grab the catfish by a lower-jaw bone, or, if he sticks his arm in deep enough into the fish's body, he can poke his fingers through its gills.
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We’ve long understood that the fashion industry has a skewed approach to weight, body shape and health, but it seems rather glib—even for the industry—to refer to a size 8 woman as plus-size when the average American woman is a size 14.So the Ford Modeling Agency is starting a new big girl division, Ford+, to appeal to the 90% of women who are 'plus-sized' i.e. normal.
This week Ford Modeling Agency unveiled Ford+ Models, its new division of plus-sized models meant to turn the industry on its head. According to the agency, Ford+ models range in size from 8 to 18, and are an attempt to widen the playing field of what it means to be beautiful.
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