If possible we need to eliminate outside influences then our community needs to come together to work on viable solutions to problems.
Mr. LaSorte, are you suggesting that had tanks been a thing back then Madison would have said, "you get a tank! And you get a tank! And you get a tank!" I find that hard to believe. I 100% see where you're coming from and would never argue to have weapons removed from the hands of responsible citizens; however, I also don't believe even an army of machine guns could defeat tyrants in tanks.
Pardon the pun, but this is a loaded topic! The language used in the 1700s was used by men who never could have foreseen the machines of war we have today. I keep hearing the, "shall not be infringed upon" and wonder if they may have used different language if they only knew. Also, if you're going to try using the words of the amendment against common sense gun legislation, I'm wondering how you think your AR is supposed to hold up to the government's tanks, rocket/grenade launchers, etc.?
The real question is- What needs do standardized tests serve and is there a better way to serve that need? My understanding is that when- 1) only the conventional university system is available to skill oneself and 2) there are limited opportunities in this conventional system, there is a need to allot the limited capacity as fairly as possible. While standardized tests will fail on various counts to be fair, is there a fairer way to do this in a cost-effective manner at a large scale? Providing multiple pathways (and enough of them) to young students and adult learners to pick up the knowledge and skills they need (outside of formal university) is more important than this particular debate.
Time, education and listening. I think it is very important to know the background of a dispute. I also think it is important to know and except when your side loses. We do live in a country where the majority rules. I may not always like the vote, but when on the loosing side I think it is important to accept reality and move on and try to help.