I recall hearing about the former Soviet Union which emphasized science and math and all but outlawed speculative fiction at one point. Their goal seems eerily familar: to become more competitive in the space race, in science, to move ahead of other countries. Instead, one of the results that no one could have predicted was that the leve of invention decreased. Why? Because no one was asking that fundamental question: WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF? It is a question at the heart of invention, isn't it? What would happen if I was trying to develp a new glue that seemed to be too temporary. What would happen if? Post-it Notes was born of this type of thinking.
And I wonder then, what will happen as we puch kids more and more under CCSS to read nonfiction and shy away from fiction? Will there still be those thinkers, those daydreamers, those who wonder WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF?