This priceless and invaluable educational article is a
quiet (yet explosive) guardian as to the personal manner (a stark reminder), how
criminality with stealth avoids detection by creeping carefully with its
invisibility upon the freedoms and rights that have eroded in
just 52 years. Perhaps we DO need another blood-letting war so as
to appreciate and cherish that which follows the carnage of death and destruction.
What is it about "men" where invention and
creativity (power by default) always appear to result in aggressive
and calculated hostile behaviour?
Capitalism is the rush ('surge') to what was at one time
a democratic Market Place, while its velocity and acceleration is
more expectant than the 120 days of work that the GOPs and the DEMs can
muster. So, what is the survival opportunity of the Constitution?
The US Constitution is not unlike that of a very simple
"Project Procedure Plan"..There are continious milestones that
will (not can) carry penalties if targets are delayed. When the "Project"
is complete, its "constitution" is there in black and white for
all to see. If there is neglect and no maintenance carried out when implemented,
then the walls will come tumbling down.
It is the maintenance aspect of the US Constitution that
needs analysis and constant monitoring. There are people in Government
and Business positions that need change as would a junky require a
cocaine fix. The only difference is that the junky is just attempting to
survive...day-to-day. He has no covert plans and expectations
There is a philosophical system out there somewhere where
the group can be the people, totally. IIt has to emanate from individuals
that are not polluted with copiousness and grandeur. There have been many
over the centuries. "The Founding Fathers" and many since, and
many many more prior.....Socrates from Alopece to John Kenneth Galbraith,
economist, diplomat and diplomatist (the Canadian bloke). Can we start
with Ron Paul, maybe? I don't know for I am a Brit.
Is it probable that Presidents like Vlad Putin,
Chavez, Ajad' and maybe 'Morals' Morales have spliced together a "Constitution"
of the mind where today's Capitalism cannot exist alongside "Democracy".
This is so obvious. The American (US and Can) policies are no longer functional
when the "other" parts of the World are suffiently powerful and
cognisant to demand change. The Sodom (Hollywood) and Gomorrah (Tel Aviv)
days are slowly coming to an end...(hope so, he said ..touching wood).
Today, historical evidence being the Memory Bank of Human
Kind, has the solution. It has to be accessed with the right "reading
heads" over its platter.
See at foot of page an article on exactly the above
dumbing down theme... sent a couple of years ago for your consideration..........Can
you answer #4 in the Geography section...:-))
This is what my Dad called the "General" paper.
Apparently, there were at the time individual tests on each subject...plus
another 6 subjects not listed. Of course, they had a little thing
called an Empire at the time. So much work..so little time.
Kieth Norman (Welsh Brit)
----- Original Message -----
From: minn mordyl
Sent: Saturday, November 27, 2004
Subject: RE: "Dumbing down":..Excellent example for 11 year olds...alas
it's 1898 in Britain
This is an excellent example (below) of the continuing
saga in the intentional and premeditative "dumbing down" of our
children's education. It verifies all that Rense.com and its educated
contributors have been thinking, highlighting and illustrating to the readers
for at least the past three years.
From that time period (1898 test below) and then the necessary
passage of exactly 50 years to when yours truly was 11 years old, I would
at that point in time, possibly, would have been able to answer approximately
60% of the questionnaire...that is, losing 40% in those 50 years on the
presumption that I would have the questions 100% correct ...50 years earlier.
Namely, losing linearly approximately 0.8% per year. This
amounts to the deflection or loss of neuron transmitters ( by TV, Game Boy,
new Kennedy "play" game, etc, etc) on the order of 106 years
at 0.8% per annum.(calculator please) = 85% (from 1898 to 2004). This indicates
that by deductive reasoning, today, our children are running around their
schools and neighbourhoods quarrying legal "Tommy Guns" with an
intelligence level of an 1898 child that has been confined to an Institution
for the 'Mentally Challenged'
Do you get the impression that the last few paragraphs
above appear somewhat confusing in its deductibility and rhetoric...even
wrong through lack of education?:-))...Maybe it should be added to the below
questionnaire.. "Where is the logic in these paragraphs". Assuming
they taught Integrated Calculus and the Freudian Transference Theory (if
then in existence).. to the 11 year olds..........who knows.
Kieth Norman (Welsh Brit)
PS - This confirms my suspicions that the Engineers and
the Scientists were intellectually far superior at the dawn of
the last century.
- Article Starts here
- Dumbing down: the proof (may have to register)
- Issue: 27 November 2004
- As a service to Spectator readers who still have any
doubts about the decline in educational standards, we are printing these
exam papers taken by 11-year-olds applying for places to King Edward's
School in Birmingham in 1898.
- ENGLISH GRAMMAR
- 1. Write out in your best handwriting:-
- 'O Mary, go and call the cattle home,
- And call the cattle home,
- And call the cattle home,
- Across the sands o' Dee.'
- The western wind was wild and dank with foam,
- And all alone went she.
- The western tide crept up along the sand,
- And o'er and o'er the sand,
- And round and round the sand,
- As far as eye could see.
- The rolling mist came down and hid the land -
- And never home came she.
- 2. Parse fully 'And call the cattle home.'
- 3. Explain the meaning of o' Dee, dank with foam, western
tide, round and round the sand, the rolling mist.
- 4. Write out separately the simple sentences in the last
two lines of the above passage and analyse them.
- 5. Write out what you consider to be the meaning of the
- 1. On the outline map provided, mark the position of
Carlisle, Canterbury, Plymouth, Hull, Gloucester, Swansea, Southampton,
Worcester, Leeds, Leicester and Norwich; Morecambe Bay, The Wash, Solent,
Menai Straits and Lyme Bay; St Bees Head, The Naze, Lizard Point; the rivers
Trent and Severn; Whernside, the North Downs, and Plinlimmon; and state
on a separate paper what the towns named above are noted for.
- 2. Where are silver, platinum, tin, wool, wheat, palm
oil, furs and cacao got from?
- 3. Name the conditions upon which the climate of a country
depends, and explain the reason of any one of them.
- 4. Name the British possessions in America with the chief
town in each. Which is the most important?
- 5. Where are Omdurman, Wai-Hei-Wai, Crete, Santiago,
and West Key, and what are they noted for?
- 1. Write in columns the nominative singular, genitive
plural, gender, and meaning of:- operibus, principe, imperatori, genere,
apro, nivem, vires, frondi, muri.
- 2. Give the comparative of noxius, acer, male, diu; the
superlative of piger, humilis, fortiter, multum; the English and genitive
sing. of solus, uter, quisque.
- 3. Write these phrases in a column and put opposite to
each its Latin: he will go; he may wish; he had; he had been; he will be
heard; and give in a column the English of fore, amatum, regendus, monetor.
- 4. Give in columns the perfect Indic. and active supine
of ago, pono, dono, cedo, jungo, claudo.
- Mention one example each of verbs followed by the nominative,
the accusative, the genitive, the dative, the ablative.
- 5. Translate into Latin:-
- 1. The general's little son was loved by the soldiers.
- 2. Let no bodies be buried within this city.
- 3. Ask Tullius who found the lions.
- 4. He said that the city had been taken, and, the
war being finished, the forces would return.
- 6. Translate into English:-
- Exceptus est imperatoris adventus incredibili honore
atque amore: tum primum enim veniebat ab illo Aegypti bello. Nihil relinquebatur
quod ad ornatum locorum omnium qua iturus erat excogitari posset.
- ENGLISH HISTORY
- 1. What kings of England began to reign in the years
871, 1135, 1216, 1377, 1422, 1509, 1625, 1685, 1727, 1830?
- 2. Give some account of Egbert, William II, Richard III,
Robert Blake, Lord Nelson.
- 3. State what you know of - Henry II's quarrel with Becket,
the taking of Calais by Edward III, the attempt to make Lady Jane Grey
queen, the trial of the Seven bishops, the Gordon riots.
- 4. What important results followed - the raising of the
siege of Orleans, the Gunpowder plot, the Scottish rebellion of 1639, the
surrender at Yorktown, the battles of Bannockburn, Bosworth, Ethandune,
La Hogue, Plassey, and Vittoria?
- 5. How are the following persons connected with English
History,- Harold Hardrada, Saladin, James IV of Scotland, Philip II of
Spain, Frederick the Elector Palatine?
- 1. Multiply 642035 by 24506.
- 2. Add together £132 4s. 1d., £243 7s. 2d.,
£303 16s 2d., and £1.030 5s. 3d.; and divide the sum by 17.
(Two answers to be given.)
- 3. Write out Length Measure, and reduce 217204 inches
to miles, &c.
- 4. Find the G.C.M. of 13621 and 159848.
- 5. Find, by Practice, the cost of 537 things at £5
3s. 71/2d. each.
- 6. Subtract 37/16 from 51/4; multiply 63/4 by 5/36; divide
43/8 by 11/6; and find the value of 21/4 of 12/3 of 13/5.
- 7. Five horses and 28 sheep cost £126 14s., and
16 sheep cost £22 8s.; find the total cost of 2 horses and 10 sheep.
- 8. Subtract 3.25741 from 3.3; multiply 28.436 by 8.245;
and divide .86655 by 26.5.
- 9. Simplify 183/4 - 22/3 ÷ 11/5 - 31/2 x 4/7.
- 10. Find the square root of 5.185,440,100.
- 11. Find the cost of papering the walls of a room 16ft
long, 13ft 6in. wide, and 9ft high, with paper 11/2ft wide at 2s. 3d. a
piece of 12yds in length.
- 12. A and B rent a number of fields between them for
a year, the rent and other expenses amounting to £108 17s. 6d. A
puts in 2 horses, 5 oxen and 10 sheep; and B puts in 4 horses, 1 ox, and
27 sheep. If a horse eats as much as 3 sheep and an ox as much as 2 sheep,
how much should A and B each pay?
- These papers were kindly sent in by Humphrey Stanbury,
whose father took the exam, and passed.