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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:40 PM

ACK! Bill would write Ayn Rand into curriculum

Batshit crazy...

http://www.salon.com/2013/02/06/idaho_bill_would_require_kids_to_read_atlas_shrugged/

Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013 03:29 PM EST
Bill would write Ayn Rand into curriculum
Students in Idaho would have to pass a test on "Atlas Shrugged" to graduate high school
By Jillian Rayfield


A Republican state senator in Idaho introduced a bill on Tuesday that would force students to read and pass a test on Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” in order to graduate from high school, though he said he did it to make a point and doesn’t intend to push forward with the legislation.

From the Idaho Spokesman-Review:

{Sen. John Goedde} said he doesn’t plan to press forward with the bill, but it was formally introduced in his committee Tuesday on a voice vote. He said he was sending a message 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, and with its decision to back off on another planned rule regarding principal evaluations.

“It was a shot over their bow just to let them know that there’s another way to adopt high school graduation requirements,” Goedde said after the meeting. “I don’t intend to schedule a hearing on it.”

Goedde, who chairs the Idaho Senate’s Education Committee, explained that he chose that particular book because it “made my son a Republican,” though he later added: “Well, he’s not a practicing Republican. But it certainly made him a conservative.”

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Reply ACK! Bill would write Ayn Rand into curriculum (Original post)
babylonsister Feb 2013 OP
greatauntoftriplets Feb 2013 #1
Hillary2016 Feb 2013 #2
Agschmid Feb 2013 #3
babylonsister Feb 2013 #4
NightWatcher Feb 2013 #5
NoGOPZone Feb 2013 #6
thelordofhell Feb 2013 #7
joeybee12 Feb 2013 #8
TruffulaTree Feb 2013 #9
surrealAmerican Feb 2013 #10
malthaussen Feb 2013 #11
babylonsister Feb 2013 #12
madinmaryland Feb 2013 #13
Iris Feb 2013 #16
theKed Feb 2013 #14
GoCubsGo Feb 2013 #15

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:44 PM

1. Nobody will ever graduate from high school in Idaho if that passes!!

Most boring book I've ever read.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:45 PM

2. It was required reading when I was in high school.

 

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Response to Hillary2016 (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:51 PM

3. So where you from... and where was that? nt

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Response to Hillary2016 (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:51 PM

4. Wow! And welcome to DU!

I read it as a kid, wasn't a requirement. I had no idea what I was reading apparently.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:53 PM

5. When they finally stop banning books and read one this is what we get?

I'll see your Ayn Rand if you'll also mandate Howard Zinn.

Why not make it The Hobbit or some other BS fairy tale in lieu of Rand?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:53 PM

6. So he thinks he can win over teenagers by forcing them to read a boring 1000 page book? OK nt

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:57 PM

7. Yeah, right.............

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:01 PM

8. No, it didn't make your sone conservative, it made him an unbearably smug asshole...

That's the effect this scumbag Rand has on her followers

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:03 PM

10. ... but if kids actually read this ...

... they'll know it's complete nonsense. If they're also required to read some decent literature, this will suffer in comparison.


He's hurting his cause here.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:05 PM

11. Man tries to fuck with your heads, and you let him.

He says himself he has no intention of pursuing the bill, that he only proposed it to cause trouble. And I think I've seen about six threads here at DU breast-beating about it.

Can you say "gotcha?"

-- Mal

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Response to malthaussen (Reply #11)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:11 PM

12. I read it...so? The fact he's pick that book for his

'threat' says volumes (no pun intended).

I hadn't read the other threads, so I'm sorry I posted this, only for that reason.

Have a nice day!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:25 PM

13. As a work of fiction, I think it would be ok.

FICTION!!

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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #13)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:32 PM

16. But what kind of educational system bases a student's graduation on reading a single book?

And who would write the test?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:52 PM

14. Do his

bible-thumpin', god-fearin' republican base know their senator is advocating athiest literature as a requirement of graduation? The Idaho Democrat Party ought to make sure they're informed.

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Response to theKed (Reply #14)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:19 PM

15. Not just an atheist...

She spent many of her years on the public dole that she preached so vehemently against.

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