Democracy?

1884

The United States Senate is composed of two Senators from each state regardless of population. The House of Representatives is the legislative body where members are elected based on population, (i.e., New York has more representatives than Wyoming because there are more people in New York). As such, the House is the people’s voice… until recently.

As they cut funding for education technology, members of the House are spending taxpayer dollars on technology that makes it more difficult to contact them.

Members of the House are widely adopting logic puzzles as a way to authenticate e-mail sent to their office. This is on top of several other items required when e-mailing Congress. First, you have to go through their personal site and include your name, address, zip code, and then answer a logic puzzle. Once all of that is completed, you are free to e-mail your Representative. By the way, all this technology is taxpayer-supported, and yet it is far more difficult to e-mail your representative than to e-mail the President or your local leaders.

This comes at a time when the House Funding committee has eliminated education technology state grants. A program to provide funding for schools to purchase, operate and utilize technology. Worthy uses of these resources include

  • training teachers
  • purchasing software and hardware
  • creating computer labs in schools

All of which are items necessary to increase our international competitiveness and make education more relevant.

To sum up the past week’s events: Congress eliminates technology programs for schools and Congress makes it more difficult than ever to receive e-mails from constituents.

Maybe it is time to e-mail Congress, if you have a computer, and can solve a logic puzzle.