Lawmakers voted Thursday to ban school districts from purchasing textbooks longer than 200 pages.
The bill, believed to be the first of its kind nationwide, was hailed by supporters as a way to revolutionize education. [Source]
That is is the first of its kind is no surprise since that happens a lot in California. Unfortunately like most bad trends initiated there they are sure to be coming to a state near you. I wonder what is next? Perhaps that all text be encapsulated in balloons like in comic books. But you know this plan will fall just as soon as one politically correct piece of information is snipped to fit When a Native Americans explanation of changing seasons is cut from a science book ore when one of myriad instances of "evil European settlers" is removed.
If I was living in California I would be tempted to request that they make all spending bills less than 200 pages also, but I know that if that happened they would be printed in a font size that would make microfiche look large by comparison.
The 200 page rule though has been a silent rule for many Catholic religious educators also. I have heard and read many times of those that complain that the Catechism is 800 pages and thus should be dismissed as being too big. Which I guess kind of leaves out the Bible also.