Can your elected representative win at Jeopardy?

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-26-2012
Can your elected representative win at Jeopardy?
Fri, 03-01-2013 - 4:10pm
From Bachmann's assertion that she didn't get anything wrong in the debates to Dr Paul Broun's claim that the earth is only a few thousand years old, it's clearly time to expose the level of stupidity that is allowed in today's politics.

It has become painfully apparent that many of our elected officials either do not have the basic knowledge or choose not to display a proficiency in the topics in which they vote on. As the actions taken by our elected officials can have large and sometimes devastating consequences on our daily lives, it is only reasonable that they demonstrate a working knowledge of the issues that they will legislate. Why not require candidates to complete a general knowledge exam. This exam will not disqualify the candidate; however it will provide an overview of their knowledge and skills.

The exam should be created and graded by a bipartisan group of educators who have been recognized for proficiency in their subjects. The results of the exams will be published on the internet and provided in mailed voting pamphlets.

In order to add a local flavor, states can add more questions to the base federal version but they cannot remove questions. The exam should include various forms of questions on the following topics:

History including the various types of governments and how they differ from our own, constitutional knowledge, global historic events and trends, past political events and theories

Economics including Business Cycle, Supply and Demand, Inflation and Deflation, Deficit and Debt, Outsourcing, and Taxation

Science including Biology, Sex Education, Criminology, Climate Science, Psychology, Evolution and the Scientific Method including the differences between hypothesis, theory, and fact

Obviously this would be an uphill battle to get this enacted but we can't expect anything to change if we don't start the discussion. For now I've started a White House petition:
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-17-2012

Our form of government is supposed to elect representatives of the people, not Mensa members...and in the minds of our Founding Fathers, these representatives were supposed to serve and then go back home.  Unfortunately, the corruption of the system and the apathy of the voters have allowed many to have political "careers," becoming themselves corrupt and beholding to powers other than the people for their continued existence.  I, for one, would not shed a tear if the Capitol should suddenly collapse during the State of the Union address.