Monday, March 8, 2010

Have a #2 Pencil Ready.

Sometimes I forget that the average American is a complete and total idiot. Sure, I always realize that there are plenty of idiots out there--on the road, in the movie theater, in the Senate---but I still like to believe that most people are somewhat-intelligent.


And then I participate in standardized testing, and I am reminded that most of the people in our population are morons.

Why was I participating in standardized testing, you may be asking? Well, I sure didn't do it by choice. I scheduled an "appointment" to take a competency test for a census job, thinking that I would be able to just go in, take the timed test, and leave. *Chuckle* Oh, foolish Julianna.

Instead, I got to sit in a room with sixty other people, waiting for everyone to get paperwork filled out. Then finally, after an hour of waiting for people to figure out how to fill out simple forms, we all got to sit there as the test giver read the instructions of the test to us OUT LOUD.

UGH. Haven't we been going through this process since grade school? I THINK WE CAN HANDLE READING THE INSTRUCTIONS OURSELVES NOW.

Also? You don't need to explain to me how to fill in the bubbles on the answer sheet. We all get the concept.

Well, at least that's what I thought. Then you see the people who don't understand where to start or where they're supposed to write, and you understand why the powers-that-be feel that it's necessary for us to be treated like dummies.

Needless to say, I don't think I want to get that job. I'd rather not be treated like an idiot.




3 comments:

Kim said...

Julianna I did the same test and thought the same thing. I was there with like 8 people over the age of 60 and I thought I would die of old age before I finished. The old guy next to me still had like 7 questions left to go when the time was up (yes, I peeked) and his bubbles weren't filled in right!

Now I got hired and will possibly be attending a 32 hour training which makes me want to cry because school was painful the first time around and I can't even imagine 4 full days of school with old people!

Mel said...

The Dumbing Down of America is alive and well. I sure am glad we're creating jobs for people who are truly adding to the well-being of society. (sarcasm intended.)

Janeal said...

well maybe if they wouldn't treat people like idiots, the people wouldn't ACT like idiots. sheesh.

 

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