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.