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    "There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."
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    Those poor tortured elves. That's what happens when liberals get a hold of good things.

    "Who is Bilbo Baggins?"
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    Where did you get that quote, DARSB? Please cite a source, it's so funny!

    Interesting that it mentions age 14. I've been reading since early childhood, but when my own son was 14 I despaired of ever getting him interested in reading actual books. Then I read a novel called "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card and when finished, I handed it off to him. He's had his nose in some book or other ever since. He actually gave "Atlas Shrugged" a shot once, but couldn't get past the first few chapters. He put it down in disgust and remarked "Wow, she really hates people, doesn't she?"
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    @Denizen_Kate It's a John Rogers quote. Pretty funny and insightful guy. I like this one, too, “You don't really understand an antagonist until you understand why he's a protagonist in his own version of the world.”
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    What the hell is the matter with people? Expecting high school kids to actually read anything. 70% can't read to grade level and they're busy learning how to be good little citizens by promoting gays, how to be a proud black gangster, why tattoos are necessary in a modern world, how La Raza plans to take over America, why "under God" is necessary in every phrase, when we should nuke the Chinese, saluting the flag before the most important high school function of all, FOOTBALL. Reading? Are you people insane?
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    I didn't start reading til college. People don't read unless they enjoy to. I just wish I read the book in high school, instead of college.
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    @kirbstomp1 I'm seriously pissed here. People want to argue about what the kids read instead of focusing on getting them TO read.
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    Has anyone pointed out the irony of using government force to coerce students into reading a book that is completely and vehemently opposed to using government coercive force?
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    I enjoy the works of Ayn Rand. Atlas Shrugged is a great read and would recommend it whole-heartily without second thought. But to mandate it be read as a condition to graduate from high school is a bit much. The Right shouldn't be pushing for this just like the Left shouldn't be pushing for indoctrination measures either.
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    Frankly I don't care what they read as long as they read. We had to read Silas Mariner in high school. Never has a book been so boring or so irrelevant to my thoughts as a high schooler. But guess what? I can read and write 50 years later as well as anyone. Today's high school graduates can't.
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    It would be a good exercise in false logic, and irrational utopianism.

    The whole things sounds so cool, until you ask yourself where do they get their toothpaste? Socks? Tampons?

    And if the president of GE, for example were to disappear, do you really think the company would fall apart?

    Ayn Rand was a pretty shallow thinker. Implications totally escaped her.
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    @rkinsawjoe
    No, that's human nature. Somebody is always looking for an edge, and influencing state legislatures is a nifty way of doing that, especially if your ethics are a bit flexible.

    The defense is to keep an wary eye on every dollar as it comes in and goes out, and ask legislators who wrote that cool new bill they just sponsored.

    Reagan had it right,"Trust but verify." Trust is optional.
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    Welp, I could see a problem with them reading it. Does this book have lol, lmao, idk, bbf........etc in it? If not, most couldn't read it!(I did say MOST)
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    i would like to see all students who are not mentally challenged to be held to the same standards, removing all curves and other things that lower school standards. after years in the same classes there is no reason for some to be graded for less.
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    The are forced to read classics, so why not, they are not being forced to believe in the principles in the book, just be prepared to debate them or recall them for testing purposes.
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    Maybe because it's poorly written and not a classic... There are plenty of better candidates w/ a similar message that are actually classics.
  • #52
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    Why not the fountainhead? We can get into the head of the brillian author and her social commentary on more subject than wealth distribution. Like her progressive views on rape and how women are really asking for it and deserve it while secretly wanting it.
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    I don't care what book it is, the students aren't being indoctrinated, a so called "classic" has objectionable content and ideas but they are forced to read those, why are some ideas and books fine to discuss but others are not.
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    interesting read, but long. there are already hundreds of books that are great candidates for high school reading. don't reinvent the wheel.
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    The idiots who want "Shrugged" as required reading in schools are as stupid as those who want the buybull to be required reading.(It's called the buybull because you have to buy the bull to believe it.) And quite often, they're the same idiots.
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    It also shouldn't surprise that the idiots who want "Shrugged" in schools haven't read the damn thing...just as the religitards have never read the buybull or the US constitution.
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    The silly person who wrote that book doesn't understand how business works, how research works, or how railroad work. It's a nice story, but more of a fairy tale by someone who doesn't understand what they are writing about. It may be the wet dream of the radical right, but it is just a silly story by a foolish writer.
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    Why make.them read American literature , when they can read Joe has 2 daddy's. Or Monica has 2 mommies. Now there is some.good reading for.them. Besides this is Bush's fault. He.cut funds for helping.idiots around the camp fire.
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    Although I more or less like Ayn Rand, I believe that forcing anyone to read her books constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. So yes! Make high school students do something hard for a change.
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    A star law requiring students read "Atlas Shrugged!?"
    NO.
    Teachers should have a choice, students should have a choice.
    Add it to a list of choices, if you wish.
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    Too bad, it's a good book, but I have a feeling that the typical public school student doesn't have the intelligence or verbal skills to either read or understand it.
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    Cooler heads prevailed. Considering the "reading" skills of my american relatives it would be decades before they finished the book and longer than that before they could pass any examination on that crackpots theories.
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