As students across the nation are preparing to take their exams to determine whether or not they have mastered the skills necessary to be promoted to the next grade, let us reflect on what education used to be.

Whereas, in today’s educational system, Geography and Social Studies are neglected in favor of “teaching to the test,” this was not the case in 1862. We thought you might enjoy seeing a Geography Quiz (from the WallBuilders’ library) that was given to Fourth Grades in 1862.

For more information on the history of education in America, be sure to check out
Four Centuries of American Education.