A Modest Proposal for the Arizona Legislature

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has emphasized the importance of civic literacy in the education of Arizona schoolchildren. I wholeheartedly agree with this idea. People should know the basics of American history, the political process, and the law, including the United States Constitution and the Arizona Constitution.

I propose that the members of the Arizona State Legislature should model the behavior of good citizenship by serving as a test group for the examination they propose to administer to high school students. After all, they, too, should be well versed in civic literacy. They should know something about the Bill of Rights, the supremacy clause of the US Constitution, and so on. Indeed, should they fail to achieve a passing score on the test, they should immediately resign their seat in the state legislature, because they surely can’t claim that they should hold a seat given their manifest failure to understand American civics and history.

Who’s with me?

6 thoughts on “A Modest Proposal for the Arizona Legislature

  1. Donald R. Shaffer March 27, 2015 / 4:16 pm

    Totally with you. It will never happen though. Not with that gang of goobers.

    Best,

    Don

  2. bob carey March 27, 2015 / 9:44 pm

    Brooks, Although I have never been to the great State of Arizona, I feel that the proposal would be appropriate for most of the states, except my State of New York where the Legislature is of the highest quality. LOL Keep up the good work.

  3. OhioGuy March 27, 2015 / 10:05 pm

    How about also making passing this test a requirement for graduating from college? The level of historical and civic illiteracy of the average college graduate these days is mind boggling.

  4. Rosemary March 28, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    Far Out! Challenge them to it formally, Dr. S. Tell the media.

  5. Joshism March 29, 2015 / 7:09 am

    Might be good to have a civics test required for graduating high school, again for graduating college, and a third time when you want to run for public office for the first time.

    • Jimmy Dick March 29, 2015 / 8:44 am

      They would never go for a Constitution test as a requirement for running for office or voting. It would eliminate a lot of candidates and voters.

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