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Middle School Reading Lists 100 Years Ago vs. Today Show How Far American Educational Standards Have Declined

Source: The Federalist Papers
Author: Jason W. Stevens
Excerpt: There’s a delightful and true saying, often attributed to Joseph Sobran, that in a hundred years, we’ve gone from teaching Latin and Greek in high school to teaching remedial English in college. Now comes even more evidence of the steady decline of American educational standards. Last year, Annie Holmquist, a blogger for, discovered a 1908 curriculum manual in the Minnesota Historical Society archives that included detailed reading lists for various grade levels.
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