In the modern political world, it seems the validity or importance of an idea is treated no more seriously than what brand of butter substitute you buy from the local grocery store. Most recently, Indiana has experienced this phenomenon in education policy.
One of my first stops after moving to Indiana back in 2000 was to the license branch so I could transfer my driver’s license. I was in for two surprises. I didn’t know I had to take a written test (I passed first try), and I was asked what township I lived in.