Sen. John Goedde, chairman of the Idaho Senate's Education Committee, introduced legislation that would require every Idaho high school student to read 'Atlas Shrugged' and pass an exam on the book to graduate.
If an Idaho state senator has his way, high school students in the Potato State will have to read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” and pass a written exam on the conservative political novel in order to graduate.
Sen. John Goedde (R), chairman of the Idaho Senate’s Education Committee, introduced legislation earlier this week that, if passed, would require every Idaho high school student to read Rand, reported the Spokane, Wash. Spokesman-Review.
When asked why he chose “Atlas Shrugged,” Goedde responded, “That book made my son a Republican,” according to the paper.
The 1957 novel has recently been the center of much attention and controversy. A book that can be described as “equal parts philosophy, manifesto, and political satire,” “Atlas Shrugged” is considered Russian émigré Rand’s magnum opus. It promotes the philosophy of objectivism, the idea that people should pursue their own self-interest rather than the good of others. The book champions laissez-faire capitalism and rails against government taxation and regulation.