Thursday, March 18, 2010

Speculative Fiction in Education, Post #3: How do you address theconcerns of those who oppose the use of speculative fiction (or otherforms of genre fiction) in the classroom?

How do you address the concerns of those who oppose the use of speculative fiction (or other forms of genre fiction) in the classroom?

From Eric G. Swedin: Such attitudes, often justified in favor of more “realistic” fiction,” ignore the fact that we now live in a science fiction world.  Science fiction is more real and is addressing the more serious issues of our time than more “realistic” fiction.

From Dan Willis: The fact that students read is far more important than what they read.  It would be wonderful if every student developed a love for Shakespeare, or Dickens, or Conan Doyle but that will never be the case.  To suggest that a Star Trek novel is somehow less worthy to be read than Thoreau shows a totalitarian arrogance of thought not worthy of a teacher.  In fact it was Thoreau who suggested that knowledge and wisdom can be found anywhere.

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