Have you ever been forwarded the 8th grade graduation exam from Salina, Kansas? I have, several times. Fortunately, Dave Farber forwarded it to the IP mailing list, and someone responded with a link to this essay which identifies it as a teacher certification exam. The exam is always offered as evidence that we’re dumber and more poorly educated than we’re used to be, and I am almost always irritated to the point of distraction by people pining on about the fond old days of yore when things were better than they are now. Glad to see that one debunked.