Are you a Damned Young Person?
I was recently asked how old someone needs to be in order to no longer qualify as a “damned young person.”
While I wasn’t able to come up with a specific number, I found the notion of “qualifying” interesting and would wholly support the idea of young people having to take some kind of a test in order to graduate formally into adulthood.
Should a test be developed, I’d recommend that it start off with some simple questions to determine aspects of character and maturity level. For example:
The test could then follow up with a series of multiple choice questions designed to examine moral fibre, gauge their knowledge of world events and test their gumption. Sample questions might include things like:
I’d also include basic logic questions in order to make sure individuals had some modicum of brain power and common sense:
And, finally, I’d include a simple art assignment in order to ensure basic motor skills, simple hand/eye coordination and just because I happen to be fond of damned ducks.
Now I’m no Alfred Binet but it seems to me a test like this would practical and easy to administer. The responses could be completed on-line and then reviewed by a quasi-judicial tribunal of respected community seniors who would be charged with the responsibility of assessing answers and assigning one of the following grades: