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Science Fiction Helps Young Readers Build Resiliency
In a recent article, Associate Professor of English at Clark University Esther Jones says that young people benefit from reading science fiction.
Reading science fiction and fantasy can help readers make sense of the world. Rather than limiting readers’ capacity to deal with reality, exposure to outside-the-box creative stories may expand their ability to engage reality based on science.
A 2015 survey of science fiction and fantasy readers found that these readers were also major consumers of a wide range of other types of books and media. In fact, the study noted a connection between respondents’ consumption of varied literary forms and an ability to understand science...
Let them read science fiction. In it, young people can see themselves – coping, surviving and learning lessons – that may enable them to create their own strategies for resilience. In this time of COVID-19 and physical distancing, we may be reluctant for kids to embrace creative forms that seem to separate them psychologically from reality.
Many of us read science fiction as children; I read Jules Verne's books when I was maybe ten and I enjoyed The Odyssey and The Iliad earlier. I'd certainly encourage young people (of any age) to read science fiction; help yourselves to interesting ideas from science fiction books.
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