The work of teaching and organising the others fell naturally upon the pigs, who were generally recognised as being the cleverest of the animals.
George Orwell, Animal Farm (1946)
The New York Daily News lists a litany of mistakes (grammatical and factual) in a curriculum guide handed to teachers by the Education department. Although some of the other mistakes are shockingly bad, I don’t expect much from bureaucrats, so I’m not all that surprised. This one, though, is the humdinger:
The authors […] portrayed George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” – a cautionary tale about communism – as a story about the importance of rules.
I simply cannot imagine ever bridging the philosophical gulf between myself and the person who could read that into Animal Farm. He or she probably thinks that 1984 is an argument for world government, and Brave New World is an endorsement of forced ritalin for children.