Summary: In Defense Of SF As A High School Elective

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In Defense of SF as a High School Elective High School is the educational backbone of what will create our society at large. What studies are necessary in order to create a functioning and prosperous society? Clearly, there is an emphasis on STEAM related fields, since those lead to well paying work opportunities, but we should not forget the value of critical thinking. There is no better way to enforce our STEAM educational goals than with introducing SF as an elective for students to take in conjunction with their studies. SF has the unique opportunity of entertaining through fiction, but also lends scientific insights which will reinforce the learning of students. In order to make my case I will depict three stories that are popular in …show more content…
I foresee value in having SF taught as an elective in High School, but wish to extend an olive branch by presenting a well written story that may not be accepted by the school guidelines. “Speech Sounds” by Octavia Butler, presents a story of a breakdown of humans ability to communicate because of a large disease. The tale focuses on a heroine attempting to reach her home in Pasadena while living a dangerous world. In this world, a Pandemic has taken away people 's ability to communicate through speech or removes their ability to read. The heroine meets with a man, and they travel in a car towards the heroines destination, but meet with assailants. A scuffle ensues that kills both the man and the assailant. Afterwards the woman considers to bitterly abandon the assailants children, in retribution for the death of her traveling companion. However, she walks towards the children and they yell at her to go away. The children have been unaffected by the pandemic and the heroine decides to adopt these children. This represents a sort of miracle in a world that has collapsed due to a pandemic. The story emphasizes the value of the symbols we use to communicate with each other. Additionally, it brings up a moral scenario in which the reader could imagine what they would personally do in a similar situation. Which is a …show more content…
“Exhalation” by Ted Chiang, is a perfect blend of scientific inquiry by listing methodical steps and technical terms of an intense process. After the scientific process the story shift gears into an existential situation in which knowledge affects the society and shows how different groups react to revelations. The story excels as a message of examining who we are as a community and individuals in the light of new insights that challenge our preconceptions. The story takes place in an alternate world or universe in which humanoid robots are dominant. They have their own civilization that harkens much to our own, but adds the element of the androids perceiving a steady warp of time. The protagonist of this story embarks on a lengthy and methodical vivisection to understand what their brain is actually like. The story is dripping with scientific inquiry and many technical terms that I personally had to review in order to properly visualize the story. This self education of terms immersed me into specific terms used in other STEAM related fields which now interest me. The completed analysis of the protagonist leads to an alarming realization that one day the world will end due to atmospheric pressure. This creates initial panic, but subsides once estimates show that the final collapse is

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