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Require Kids to Read Ayn Rand to Graduate
Posted - 2/6/2013 3:02:13 PM | show profile | flag this post
Idaho state Sen. John Goedde (R), chairman of the Education Committee, introduced legislation to require every Idaho high school student to read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged and pass a test on it to graduate from high school.
He says it made his son a Republican.
Gee, if we're going to require kids to read a bad young adult novel to graduate -- why stop there? Why not throw "Hunger Games" and the whole frackin' "Twilight" trilogy onto the reading list.
Then, in 20-30 years, the GOP could be demanding more blood or human sacrifice as a cornerstone of our culture.
Posted - 2/6/2013 3:02:47 PM | show profile | flag this post
Posted - 2/6/2013 3:25:57 PM | show profile | flag this post
the left wing regulars don't have a cogent response to Goedde's proposal so they rely on fantasy, exaggeration and hyperbole.
Posted - 2/6/2013 3:56:54 PM | show profile | flag this post
actually, if they want smart, well-rounded students..
you'd need to put "50 shades of grey" on the reading list, too..
gotta be ready for whatever life puts in your way, don'cha?..
that'd make at least as much sense as "atlas shrugged"..
Posted - 2/6/2013 4:05:55 PM | show profile | flag this post
Speaking as a former high school English teacher, it is absurd
for any state to require the reading (and subsequent testing)
of any one particular book as a requirement for graduation.
Posted - 2/6/2013 4:16:26 PM | show profile | flag this post
Reading the actual article;
It's quite clear Goedde isn't serious about this, he just wanted to make a point. Fair enough.
I did think the first comment posted though was spot-on:
Reading about Goedde's silly bill, I'm reminded of John Rogers' oft-quoted remarks:
"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged.
One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world.
The other, of course, involves orcs."
Posted - 2/7/2013 9:28:22 AM | show profile | flag this post
I'm holding out for a political philosophy...
shaped by Dr. Seuss.
He was a much better writer than Rand.
Posted - 2/7/2013 10:07:03 AM | show profile | flag this post
I'm holding out for
a political philosophy shaped by rational adults, not left wingers.