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And Hirsch makes a good case, both philosophically and scientifically.
He argues that schools should be held accountable for their performance, and that we should be using what has been proven to work to educate and evaluate students.
It is a reasoned and scholarly treatment of something that every American should be concerned about.
E.D. Hirsch has some compelling arguments about embarking on ill-conceived curricular adventures distracting from the goals of learning, but I share others' criticisms. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mike R.
A must read for the education community, parents and school stakeholders. I highly recommend this book to any one that wants to see the lies we have been made to believe.Published 13 months ago by J.R. Stalcup
The biggest mistake I ever made, was entering a masters program in education - without reading this book first. Read morePublished on September 11, 2012 by hell kitten
I have been fortunate to have been introduced to E. D. Hirsch Jr. ideas on education, through his essays and now this book, before my three year old daughter enters the New York... Read morePublished on April 22, 2012 by George Schifini
While this book is heavily seasoned with sarcasm, there is something to the highly confident presentation of the book as the actually traditional mindset of child-centered... Read morePublished on February 24, 2012 by Emily J. Morris
Ug, I really tried to read this book thoroughly, but there was just too much unnecessary language. Maybe others felt differently, but I really felt the words sometimes detracted... Read morePublished on December 30, 2011 by Leah MacVie
I won't go into great detail on this, but I am a teacher and this is the best book about education I have ever seen.Published on January 14, 2011 by Mitch
This is Hirsch's best book to date. Firmly underscores that Core Knowledge is primarily a program for at-risk students.Published on April 13, 2010 by Mark Wertheimer
Excellent Book! Read Cultural Literacy first. It'll make your understanding of this book a lot clearer.Published on September 11, 2009 by Teach2Me