You know, "to get more stupider"!
Okay, because I'm "elitist" and think I'm at least as smart as MOST of you out there (I know we all think this) I would like to propose this:
If we're going to making testing in our educational settings more and more necessary/required in order to find a provable standard level of learning then why not push this into all aspects of life that require real intelligence when making decisions?
At the outset I want to exempt biological choices (Keanu Reeves in Parenthood: "You know, Mrs. Buckman, you need a license to buy a dog, to drive a car - hell, you even need a license to catch a fish. But they'll let any butt-reaming asshole be a father." Yes, the 80s are my academy!) and say I don't agree with Tod in Parenthood--well I agree with him, but don't think we can actually achieve this level of regulation.
However, I do want to propose that if you don't know about particular issues of governance why does anyone think you should have a "democratically guaranteed" right to decide on those issues?
Not controversial, really...except as to how one might apply it...
Okay, I know, can't be done and it's the wrong "fix"--rather we should be encouraged to know more, understand more, participate more in all of our life--especially in the ways we are governed (that means "ruled"; that means controlled--get it?).
So, how? Not by TV commercials or Fox news or MSNBC or Pat Buchanan or Jon Stewart or lord forbid Tucker Carlson.
Of course I don't believe money is speech and I don't believe billionaires and millionaires should "buy" elected office via advertising. Cuz guess what their "ruling" motivations are going to be...
How about position papers posted and notarized and guaranteed? I am Doug and I'm running for this office and my positions on the following are X and this is why and this is where I might have to find an exception and this is why. And if I fail to live up to these positions I MUST pledge to resign the office.
Give it to me! What do you want to change about "the way things are done" to us?