Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Bill Would Force Students to Read Ayn Rand and Pass Test About 'Atlas Shrugged' Before Graduating

One message that can easily be pulled from Ayn Rand's books is the value of independent thinking and the dangers of government forced thinking.

Her message has taken a strange turn.

The chairman of the Idaho Senate's Education Committee has introduced a bill to require all students to read Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged".

What' s more, the bill, introduced by State Sen. John Goedde (R) would mandate that each student pass a test on the novel before they are able to graduate from high school, according to The Spokesman-Review. 

“When I read Atlas Shrugged, and it’s been probably 30 years since I read it, but it certainly gives one a sense of personal responsibility,” Goedde said.

In a step further into the twilight zone, Goedde said he was sending a message via the bill to the State Board of Education because he’s unhappy with its recent move to repeal a rule requiring two online courses to graduate from high school. "It was a shot over their bow just to let them know that there's another way to adopt high school graduation requirements. I don't intend to schedule a hearing on it."

Goedde did not expand on the connection between Rand and online courses.


  1. "Economics in One Lesson" would have been a much better choice if you simply must mandate the content of one's education.

    1. "How to kill Ayn Rand in one lesson" Make kids read her in school.

  2. I have a sheet of government issued Ayn Rand stamps in a frame in my house. I enjoy the irony of it.

  3. Could that possibly be Senator Johnny B. Goedde? "Could play a Senate bill like ringing a bell" Johnny B. Goedde? Go, go, go Johnny go.

    How do we get such mental giants into government service? We want to believe that they all got there on the little bus, but truth is WE elected them. We send fools like this to represent us. Perhaps we really are too stupid to save ourselves.

    A suggestion for the "honorable" Senator. Rather than Atlas Shrugged, how about the Bible, no make that the Koran, no the Torah, no War and Peace, no no Hamlet, no that's not right, Middlemarch, no ahhh 1984, Lord of the Flies, crap ahhh Don Quixote, Catch 22, Miss Piggy's Guide to Life, ahhh no, I've got it - the Septic System Owner's Manual. Now can someone puuulleeze show the Senator to the door...

  4. Damn. Can you smell the irony?