Researchers: Literary Fiction Is Excellent Preparation for Real World

YOu mean this is better for College and Career ready? Who would have guessed? Certainly not our DOE, State Board and #CCSS loving Gov.

Diane Ravitch's blog

There have been many debates since the promulgation of the Common Core standards about the appropriate balance between literature and “informational text.”

The writers of the Common Core think that American children spend too much time reading fiction, not enough time reading “informational text.”

But the New York Times reports a new study, published in the journal Science:

“It found that after reading literary fiction, as opposed to popular fiction or serious nonfiction, people performed better on tests measuring empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence — skills that come in especially handy when you are trying to read someone’s body language or gauge what they might be thinking. 

The researchers say the reason is that literary fiction often leaves more to the imagination, encouraging readers to make inferences about characters and be sensitive to emotional nuance and complexity.”

Outside experts concurred with the study’s importance.

The article says, “The…

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