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There's considerable human nature in a man. 
                                              --  Artemus Ward, 1862

~ January 19, 2015 ~

From the I-don't-think-so dept.


If you want your AZ high school diploma, you gotta' answer this:  What is the "capital" of the U.S.?

I can't stand Alec Trabek.  Smug, more than slightly pompous, stiffer than a Norwegian flag pole on a calm day.  But what buggers my goat is the way he delivers the answers to those Jeopardy questions as if he knew all the time.  He's from Canada, fer' chris-sake, how much can he know?  His degree is in philosophy -- he doesn't know squat, and I think that's true of most of the smug people asking the questions around here.  

But Trabek probably knows more than the Arizona legislature, which just sent a bill to the governor requiring high school students to pass a test equivalent to the one the feds give immigrants to assess their qualifications for living in the US.  Arizona says: No pass - no diploma.  And I'm not sure it's such a bad idea.  

But who writes the questions?  Hint: Think of a 6-letter plural word in which the middle letters "o-r-o" are preceded by an "m" and followed by an "n".  You have 15 seconds beginning . . . now.

An LA Times article by Michael Muskal on the mandatory Arizona civics test included a sampling of the questions that will be asked, and I am absolutely not punking you, this is question #25:  

But that semantically incompetent interrogatory is not the funny part.  And it's not the fact that Muskal missed the goof and is, apparently, not qualified for immigration or a high school diploma, either.  No, the funny part is that while the legislators passed the law requiring HS students to pass the test in order to get a diploma, they voted down the amendment to the bill requiring lawmakers to pass the same test in order to serve in the legislature.   

That would be like asking Alec Trabek to throw away his notes and answer those questions he asks contestants.  Ha, ha, ha . . . I don't think so.  


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