As I suggested in my other post, requiring a test to qualify for becoming a candidate to run for the office of President of the United States, certainly could eliminate many issues that can impact a candidate’s chances, for the wrong reasons.
Funding, for example, at the pre-test stage which would become a non-issue in terms of who GETS to run.
It seems like a reasonably appropriate idea, considering the depth of responsibility of a President.
When I’ve mentioned this idea to others, they seem to think it makes sense, but then comes the question or concern of who would design such a test.
My first thought is that question is not a big enough problem to get in the way of proceeding.
The reality is that there are professionals who make a living from designing tests of all kinds at all levels. Google “Test Design” and see what you get!
That makes me think of the question of who designs the MULTITUDE of unimaginably complex tests for astronauts for example! We all know that you better get the right people into that job, or the end result has no chance of being good to put it nicely. In fact, human LIVES literally depend on it.
So, we agree that NASA has figured out how to put together tests which are able to screen and assess at every step along the way.
I imagine that the job of President and that of an astronaut are equally matched in their levels of difficulty, despite the difference in the subject. The truth is that being an astronaut and the President both are in positions of responsibility which impacts LIFE and DEATH on a daily basis.
The point is that creating a test of this kind would be realistic.
And, if the first test wasn’t perfect, it would still be fair because all of those interested in BECOMING candidates would be taking the same test.
I imagine it would take a substantial amount of time to develop, and would be a work in progress; because the job of being President changes over time and a good test would reflect those changes. I still say that MUCH harder things have been developed!
The point is if enough of us like the idea, let’s not get stuck in the details about how to put together a test!
My next question concerns finding out what would be involved in putting this idea in front of the right people.