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Old June 23 2013, 10:08 AM   #68
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Re: Mandatory sci-fi

I don't believe in making school compulsory, for most American elementary and middle school aged children, but that is another topic. Let this suffice: I unschooled my son and when he finally decided to attend school, he was very successful. It worked for him.

That being said, I would hope that literature teachers would include some science fiction titles in the reading lists that they hand out to their students.

Here are a few that come to mind:

"A Wrinkle in Time" - for younger ones
Short Stores from the Golden Age of Science Fiction
contemporary science fiction short stories
"The Lord of the Rings" series - fantasy, I know
Comics books depicting action figures with superpowers

Let the young reader choose ANY title within the genre.

I would also hope that the teacher would read those books and be able to have an intelligent classroom discussion about them!
"With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censored, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably." ~ Captain Picard - "The Drumhead", Star Trek: The Next Generation
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