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 lawmakerâ€™s bill wouldÂ force students to pass aÂ 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 requirementÂ would also foster egoism and â€śrational selfishnessâ€ť among high school students, a populationÂ known forÂ their selflessness and excessive empathy.
While he hasnâ€™t read the book in thirty years, Goedde claims, â€śThat book made my son a Republican.â€ť The anecdoteÂ undoubtedly relieved some of the state’s more conservativeÂ lawmakers, who distrust reading on principle.
As a practicingÂ Objectivist and passionate Idaho education policy wonk, your humbleÂ Dolt contributor here applauds the move to do away with bleeding-hearts like Steinbeck and Orwell. The only way toÂ rid ourselves fromÂ the government’s overregulation of our children’s education isÂ to enactÂ state-wide regulations requiring all students read Rand’s works.
Alas, Goedde says he proposed the bill merely as â€śa statementâ€ť and does not expect the measure to pass, once again proving Ayn Randâ€™s claim that â€ś[o]f all the government undertakings, none has failed so disastrously as public education.â€ť