I couldn’t pass this, I’ll be honest. And I read 19th century literature extensively, it isn’t the wording.
I’m not American though, so perhaps that’s an excuse?
The Victorian RT, the best proxy for true IQ, was higher than in modernity. Flynn effect is largely fake, excepting nutrition (especially iodine and later folic acid), a one-time boost of the mean, not the upper limit.
Largely it’s in avoiding toxins.
How many mothers know you’re not supposed to make up baby formula with fluoridated water?
Want social justice?
Stop grading kids on a curve. It shouldn’t matter what the person next to them did, either they know it or they don’t.
Quit using pop culture, especially rap, which is racist since blacks have an advantage. If they want to leave education early to pursue trades, let them. Do not allow the bright children to act as unofficial TAs unless they are getting paid. Discipline early and strictly. Exclude frequently. NPD thrives on attention. Bring in gifted programmes, blind-qualified, not appealing to the lowest common denom.
Test teacher IQ stringently. If IQ doesn’t count, neither should grades aka bring back Pass/Fail wherever possible since that’s clearly the ‘standard’.
No extra points for hobbies.
No marks for charity work, which is truly slave labour.
Teachers held accountable by students e.g. grading on-time.
Acknowledge the hierarchy of power, you are not friends, teachers must be mature, neutral role models i.e. no personal stories, no turning up drunk, political lecturing is fined.
Dumb teachers lead to dumb everyone.
The Victorian schoolmistresses (yes, women worked before they voted, America) used to have to learn particular skills, one that stuck out was the ability to draw a perfect circle in chalk on the board with one hand. How many tenured professors can do this?
Obviously, no obese teachers until they cut the chub. It’s a bad influence on the children, since they’re all Tabula Rasa, constantly lectured on how Not to be fat… by the fat.
Education is still the answer but most children shouldn’t be in it.