Is the curriculum in today’s schools less rigorous than it was 100 years ago?

Many Americans have been suspicious that the answer to this question is yes, particularly as they have caught glimpses of book lists and other class requirements from the past. 

The following images provide a further glimpse into the schools and subject manner from the early 20th century. Released by the College Entrance Examination Board (the same organization which operates today’s SAT tests), this test seems to be a reprint of a 1901 exam given to students seeking to enroll in college. As the front cover of the manual implies, teachers who wanted their students to pass these exams needed to ensure that they taught these core concepts in their high school classrooms.

Do you think today’s high school graduates could pass this college entrance exam? Could you?

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