Mental Floss

Are You Smarter Than an Eighth Grader? 1912 Edition

Lucas Reilly

For most of us, eighth grade is a stew of awkward memories: pimples, doodles, and straight-armed slow dances. But for students 100 years ago, it was probably their last year at school. Thanks to mandatory schooling laws established a decade earlier, kids in Kentucky could stop attending class at 14 years old. Of the 72 percent of children who attended primary school in America, fewer than 20 percent continued on to high school. So travel back to 1912 and pretend this fascinating document from the Bullitt County History Museum is your exit exam to the real world.

Think you passed? Check your answers at the Bullitt County Museum’s website.