Actually, the secretary who 'coronatyped' all day in 1930 would have been exhausted too! She wouldn't believe how easy it is now to express our thoughts digitally. In fact, I sometimes think we can express our thoughts far too quickly. At least the old Coronatype machine gave one time to ponder and perhaps retract, as they reached in to untangle the clump of keys that were stuck together, tried to get erasures out of the machine, or tried to patch a hole in the paper made by the eraser.
Teacher poised to begin toothbrush drill!
Floating around the internet last fall was an article from the Washington Post with a copy of an 8th grade exam from 1931.
I've tested the link. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Here's the address if the above link doesn't work: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/education/v/tests.pdf
With only 33% of Wisconsin's 8th grade students reading proficiently at grade level today, it is hard to imagine a time when schools successfully taught children reading, writing, arithmetic, geography, history and gum massage! :-) on a much smaller budget, I might add.
I found these two photos in a 1930 issue of Normal Instructor and Primary Plans.
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