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 User
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.

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Feb 10, 2013 12:42 PM CST
They, of course, realize that Atlas Shrugged is FICTION right? What do railroad moguls do when confronted by ambitious entrepreneurs pulling themselves out of poverty by their bootstraps? Raise the price of bootstraps of course.
Feb 7, 2013 1:55 PM CST
We share a newspaper with Idaho so we get all the news of the crap that goes on in that state. Of course this idiot wants the students to read "Atlas Shrugged" because it fits into the culture of Idaho that if you are part of the elite then more tax breaks for you and to hell with the middle class and the working poor. This state has a constitution that mandates that the state provide a uniform education for all but it has siphoned off so much money from education that property owners have had to put in 171 million dollars to shore up the schools and they have additional fees for everything. Want to take a science class in high school--well, pay up. That state is run by a bunch of old Republican men who care nothing for its citizens unless they are rich and can keep them re-elected. Disgusting state.
Feb 7, 2013 11:22 AM CST
Right, because teenagers are always influenced by forced reading. Good luck with that.