A new proposal

For example

in the previous
case about the bill

on education, the vote
of teachers

should have a
"weighting coefficient"

of 10 and the vote of engineers of 1.

For a bill on
mines

the coefficients
would be reversed:

1 for teachers and 10 for engineers.

The factor 10 is
used here only symbolically.

The more
specialised the question e.g.

"Shall the
application of the

pesticide Z-R 14 be
approved?",

the higher should
be the factor.

The more general
the question,

the lower the
factor.

If it comes

to the appointment
or dismissal

at the highest
governmental level

(for
the Prime Minister or the President of the Republic)

there should be no
factor.

All votes would
have equal weight.

― And
is it impossible that an engineer, from personal interest,

might have studied the
problems of education in such depth

and have accumulated so
much knowledge that his opinion

would be valuable?

Why should you condemn his vote to
have only the factor 1?

For this problem
we could,

in addition to
professional

competence,

introduce

a
kind of test to prove how

informed
every citizen is

on a
particular problem.

For example:

Before he gives
his opinion on

the main question:

"Do you think
we should extend time

spent in the high-school
by one year?"

he has to answer
some other

questions which show

•
whether
he has understood the question

fully and can answer it
seriously.

•
Whether
he has studied the problem.

•
Whether
he has taken into account all the

parameters that
accompany the problem and

•
has
considered the impact of his decision.

Let's say:

1. Do you know how long attendance is
in high-school today?

2. Do you know how long it is in the
other European countries?

3. How much additional knowledge do you
think there is since

we had the last school
reform?

4. What increase in the budget of the
Ministry of Education will

an additional year in
high-school cause?

5. What do you think will be the impact
on the national economy,

if the young people
enter the University or the production line

a year later?

6. ….

(Had
we asked a group of education specialists,

they
would certainly have given us much better

examples
of questions for such a test)

If it is proved by
the preliminary questions

that the
interviewee is fully aware of what this

change means and what
the implications are,

then his vote has
to

receive the highest
weighting.

If it turns out
that he is completely unaware,

then we do not
need to take

his answer very
seriously.

With such a test

there is less risk
that a particularly

gifted orator may
dazzle his listeners

and lead them to vote
in his favour.