One day after a north Idaho lawmaker introduced legislation to require high-school students to read Atlas Shrugged if they wanted a diploma, the Idaho House Education Committee took testimony from an Adams County Republican leader who claimed that current texts were liberal "indoctrination."
This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that Anita VanGrunsven, an Adams County Republican precinct committeewoman, pointed to Magruder's American Government, currently used in Idaho schools.
"This textbook is a liberal Democrat's dream of indoctrination," she said. "The basic problem is the takeover of our schools and the indoctrination of our children by the liberal mindset."
In particular, VanGrunsven said the book described "Nazis in the same words used to describe the Tea Party." She also claimed that the author recommended that students attend a climate change rally.
"A climate change rally. Excuse me? Where is the foundational concept of limited government? It's not here," she told lawmakers. "Where is the concept of individual responsibility? It's gone. Is this what you want the future leaders of Idaho to be taught? Am I talking to any Republicans here?"
The Tribune reports that VanGrunsven urged lawmakers to "revise the state content standards used to evaluate textbooks."