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 Posted: Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 06:45 pm
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To me, it says what has become more important for the 8th grader to know as unfortunate as that sounds. Knowing how to diagram a sentence has become almost obsolite as long as you can write a sentence. Using punctuation correctly is more important than knowing the major forms of punctuation. It would be interesting to know if some of those places in the geography section are known by different names today. As far as history goes, US history has doubled since that time and probably the divisions of US history as well. As far as those dates go, what WAS important about 1800? Math...here again knowing the equivilant measurements for a bushel was important to those in Kansas in 1895. Now one needs to know basic algebra. Dumb Down? I would say change in importance and focus.

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