I can hardly express just how happy I would have been, if Ray Cantebury had around when I was growing up.
But then gain I’m glad he wasn’t, because then I might have ended up voting for a Republican – or more likely he would have been campaigning a little far afield.
Anyway, what’s great about the West Virginia Republican Ray Cantebury is that he wants everybody to read science fiction. Well, everybody young, that is.
The way Mr. Cantebury wants to achieve this is by making science fiction literature mandatory in the state’s schools.
His proposed bill put it like this:
“To stimulate interest in maths and science among students in the public schools of this state, the State Board of Education shall prescribe minimum standards by which samples of grade-appropriate science fiction literature are integrated into the curriculum of existing reading, literature or other required courses for middle school and high school students.”
Ray Cantebury describes himself as a fan of ‘thinking man’s science fiction’ – a genre that includes works by Isaac Asimov and Jules Verne.
I’m primarily interested in things where advanced technology is a key component of the storyline, both in terms of the problems that it presents and the solutions that it offers,” he said.
Science Fiction on the curriculum? Where were politicians like him when I was growing up?
Of course some of his fellow Republicans might argue that certain parts of the US have already made science fiction mandatory in schools. And that it’s all thanks to them.