Big Surprise: Elected Officials Don't Know Shit
WASHINGTON (AFP) – US elected officials scored abysmally on a test measuring their civic knowledge, with an average grade of just 44 percent, the group that organized the exam said Thursday.
I know this is not really a big surprise, but I'm curious about how everyone feels this should be fixed. Am I alone in thinking that if Firefighters need to know fire safety to get a job, and teachers (theoretically) need to know their subject matter to get a job, maybe politicians ought to know economics, civics, and government to get a job?
Should we prescreen all candidates with a competency test? It seems like we could have say, 5,000 questions which would be randomly assigned to tests which would be randomly given to all candidates, and the questions, answers, and total scores published. I mean... if we're voting for someone, shouldn't we have a right to know they're competent?
Anyway, I'm just thinking aloud. What do you folks think?