There is no better example of a failed public education system than the Chicago Police Department eliminating the entrance exam for new officers.
The Chicago Police Department is seriously considering scrapping the police entrance exam, sources tell Fran Spielman.
Dropping the exam would bolster minority hiring and avert legal battles, according to one source, while others confirm that the exam could be scrapped to open the process to as many people as possible.
The CPD’s recruitment and employment web page indicates that the starting salary for a CPD officer is $43,104 with a guaranteed increase to $55,728 after one year of service. This includes health insurance, vision, dental and tuition reimbursement, though considering that literacy, basic mathematics and situational awareness will no longer be necessary to become an officer, the city should save a pretty penny on having to provide advanced education assistance.
It is not clear whether the plan, if approved, will eliminate just the written portion of the test, or if this will include the physical, psychological and medical exams as well.
Mark Donahue, president of the Fraternal Order of Police says, “The written exam is always a good indicator of potential as far as literacy, potential as a far as measure of common sense in some scenarios they are put into and have to respond to during the testing process.”
In an environment where political correctness runs rampant, it’s no surprise that qualifying to be a public servant to protect and serve the people requires only that the candidate has a pulse and the ability to scribble a signature on a citation, even if the candidate is not sure of what the citation actually says or why it is being administered.
In the new America, politicians with no real world experience get to pass trillion dollar economic stimulus bills, police officers enforce laws that they are unable to read, and school children are not allowed to fail a grade because it might hurt their feelings.
We are traveling down a dangerous path when, on all levels of government and social order, we reward the incompetent to the detriment of those who are competent.
America is supposed to be a country whose citizens are extraordinary and free.
Instead, we are steadily capitulating to the socialist ideas of mediocrity and dependence.