Amen, I say to you.
Unless we’re cultivating a society of sheep (and I am not sure that we aren’t), we should expect excellence of our students.
Those who can’t make certain cuts can find noble professions in life.
The experiment on the Isle of Crete in Brave New World taught us that Alpha’s can’t be counted on to take out their own trash, and they end up killing each other like in Lord of the Flies.
Harrison Bergeron, Brave New World, 1984 and Atlas Shrugged should be required reading in our schools.
And the Bible, (even as a historical document and to better understand literature) should be taught.
JM, your Mandarin agrees with your recommended reading list, and would hope that more people read them. They seem to be more relevant if not prescient of the times at hand.
The Mandarin, whose real name is 吏恆, joined the order in 1309, and introduced the Gormogons into England during the 18th Century.
The Mandarin enjoys spending time with his pet manticore, Βάρἰκος, or Barry (who can be found in the Bestiary). When not in the Castle…well, frankly, nobody is quite sure where he goes.
The Mandarin popularized the fine art of “gut booting,” by which he delivers a powerful kick to the stomach of anyone that annoys him. Although nearly universal today, the act of gut booting or threatening someone or something with a gut boot is solely due to him.