John Cummings, Sharon Peaslee, and Peter Maier take a SECB civics exam on the Constitution, Abraham Lincoln, and capitalism.
  • John Cummings, Sharon Peaslee, and Peter Maier take a SECB civics exam on the Constitution, Abraham Lincoln, and capitalism.

In front of the SECB right now are incumbent Peter Maier along with challengers Sharon Peaslee and John Cummings, who appear sane but must be nutters because they want—actually want—to be on the Seattle School Board. As a high-school dropout I have no business in the room, let alone asking them questions. We have with us a parent of a child who has been in the Seattle public school system (Goldy) and somewhere around here is our “Parenting Issues Editor” (Charles Mudede). We've also got bona-fide education reporter Riya Bhattacharjee.

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First we're giving them a civics quiz—eight questions you're required to know in high school—then what do you want to know? Put your questions in comments and we'll try to ask 'em.

UPDATE: Papa Goldy has scored the tests. Here are the results: Peter Maier got 87.5 percent of the questions correct; Sharon Peaslee also got 87 percent correct; but John Cummings got only 75 percent correct (he missed questions on philosophers and the value of a flood-control levee). Goldy points out that's "better than most Americans and better than most educators."