What Everyone Needs to Know

June 19, 2009

by Tammy Drennan

46 States, D.C. Plan to Draft Common Education Standards (then volunteer to impose them on students)

Do you know what everyone needs to know? Could you compile a basic list and feel so certain of it that you’d be willing to impose it by force on others?

Maybe you’re not that arrogant, but maybe you think if you could gather a committee of the right people, together you could come up with what everyone needs to know in order to be successful in life.

To test your conclusions, here’s an idea: Pick a couple of hundred people you consider successful and test them. See if they know everything on your list. And while you’re at it, test Congress and other elected officials. If there’s anyone who needs to know everything we all need to know, surely it’s the people who could ultimately decide what we need to know. 

And test the governors of the states. Because they are arrogant enough to think that they can determine who knows what we all need to know, and they’re arrogant enough to volunteer to impose those standards on us. So we want to know what they know.

I think we should also test everyone who labels himself an expert, everyone who testifies before Congress about anything, all of our judges, and maybe above all, all of our teachers.

Who knows how many people are running around conducting life without adequate knowledge, but the ones with power over us are the ones we need to worry about most. Imagine – people who don’t know diddly-squat about the Monroe Doctrine making decisions about our lives and our money. 

As you ponder this effort of 46 governors, you might want to keep in mind that they’re just doing it for our own good – so that we will be successful.

I guess someone will have to define successful, but I’m sure our country’s governors are up to the task.