Idaho Bill Would Force Kids to Read Atlas Shrugged

But lawmaker says it's symbolic gesture, won't push for passage
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2013 4:10 PM CST
A woman reads "Atlas Shrugged" in this file photo.   (Flickr)

(Newser) – Quick, what's the most important work in the English language, the one you absolutely should not be able to graduate high school without a thorough knowledge of? If you said Atlas Shrugged, then you have a lot in common with Idaho state Sen. John Goedde, who has introduced a bill that would force kids to pass a test on Ayn Rand's conservative fable before graduating, the Spokesman-Review reports.

Goedde formally introduced the bill on a voice vote yesterday, but he says he doesn't intend to actually push for its passage or even hold a hearing on it. He says he was just trying to send a message to the Board of Education, which he feels has been loosening its standards. "It was a shot over their bow just to let them know that there's another way to adopt high school graduation requirements," he says. Why Atlas Shrugged? "That book made my son a Republican," he said to laughter. (Read more Ayn Rand stories.)

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