What kids knew in 1980, and in 2012


Remember that 8th-grade test from 1912 that had us wondering whether educational standards are slipping?

Kent State researchers released results of a study that compares how American college students in 2012 performed on a comprehensive test of general knowledge that was developed in 1980.

Some findings:

What’s the capital of France? In 1980, it was the sixth most correctly answered question. In 2012, it dropped to 23rd.

Who discovered electricity? In 1980, so many knew that it was Ben Franklin, it ranked 20th for correct answers. In 2012: 56th place.

Who cried, “The British are coming!”? In 1980, Paul Revere came in 23rd. By 2012, he had fallen to 53rd.

h/t Take Part