Article by: Owen Davis, Daily Dolt guest contributor
Idaho state Senator John Goedde (R) has introduced a bill requiring students to read Atlas Shrugged. The conservative lawmaker’s bill would force students to pass a test on the Ayn Rand novel before graduating from the educational enslavement of high school.
Sen. Goedde said he introduced the bill primarily as a rebuke to the State Board of Education, though the new requirement would also foster egoism and “rational selfishness” among high school students, a population known for their selflessness and excessive empathy.
While he hasn’t read the book in thirty years, Goedde claims, “That book made my son a Republican.” The anecdote undoubtedly relieved some of the state’s more conservative lawmakers, who distrust reading on principle.
As a practicing Objectivist and passionate Idaho education policy wonk, your humble Dolt contributor here applauds the move to do away with bleeding-hearts like Steinbeck and Orwell. The only way to rid ourselves from the government’s overregulation of our children’s education is to enact state-wide regulations requiring all students read Rand’s works.
Alas, Goedde says he proposed the bill merely as “a statement” and does not expect the measure to pass, once again proving Ayn Rand’s claim that “[o]f all the government undertakings, none has failed so disastrously as public education.”