October 10, 2014 7:00 AM

‘Republic of Imagination’ makes a case for literature in U.S. schools

Azar Nafisi turns her attention to the state of American education in “Republic of Imagination.” Nafisi takes on the Common Core curriculum, which emphasizes fact-finding nonfiction over critical thinking. Using Huck Finn, George Babbitt and many others, Nafisi argues that literature, particularly fiction, is crucial not only in education, but to imagination.

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