What is happening in education today is so hard to believe, so completely outrageous, that it is hard to write satire.

Twenty years ago, suppose you read a story about school officials closing down public schools and handing them over to private entrepreneurs. You would think that was really funny, right?

Suppose you read a story about for-profit schools getting public money. Ridiculous, right?

Suppose you read something predicting that Wall Street hedge fund managers had a plan to reform public education. You would laugh out loud.

No one is laughing now. It is all happening.

But here is a satire about a teacher who dares to assign a book.

Is this funny or ridiculous?