Evaluating Teachers; Evaluating Congresspeople

Image

The above was posted on Facebook and it got me thinking.  What would be the best way to evaluate Congress?  How can we tell how well they are suited to doing their jobs?  Should we base their pay on whether they actually do their jobs, such as passing a budget?  
 
Or, even before they take office, make them take a PRAXIS exam, developed by an independent commission, in which prospective congresspeople have to demonstrate the knowledge necessary to make reasonable decisions on matters that might come before Congress, such as climate change, trade agreements, banking regulations, etc.  If they pass the exam, they will be qualified to get a Congressional PRAXIS endorsement and be certified for 5 years, after which time, they will have to apply to be re-certified.  They then must show proof that they have spent 15 college semester hours studying issues that they have had to make decisions on. 
 
If we truly believe that representing the people of the United States is an honor and an important job, then the people who do it should be qualified to do so.  Maybe they should be required to get a certificate declaring that they are HIGHLY QUALIFIED congressional candidates — because, you know, they actually know something about the issues. 
 
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s