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The schools we need and why we don't have them
Hirsch, E. D. 1928-
Adult Nonfiction LA210.H57 1996

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Bestselling author Hirsch (Cultural Literacy) argues that American education, kindergarten through high school, has been undermined by a deep contempt for factual knowledge and an addiction to fads such as "project-oriented" instruction, "relevant" topics, "child-centered" activities and building students' self-esteem. In a damning, highly provocative, full-scale assault on today's educational establishment, this University of Virginia English professor calls for a return to a so-called traditional approach emphasizing drill, verbal practice, memorization and interactive classroom instruction. Hirsch, who advocates a grade-by-grade core curriculum, buttresses his pragmatic tack with cognitive-psychology research and international comparative studies of classroom practice. An enjoyable 30-page glossary demystifies educators' slogans, pet phrases and jargon. A rigorous polemic. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

This title is the anticipated successor to Hirsch's popular Cultural Literacy (LJ 6/1/87), which for a decade has served as something of a bible for back-to-basics school reformers. For Hirsch, our current educational system has failed to reduce social inequity or enhance our economic competitiveness. The roots of failure are to be found in 1920s-style Progressivism (John Dewey et al.) and their allegedly hegemonic contemporary descendants. Hirsch pleads for abandoning Progressivism's "process" methodology in favor of a curriculum based on challenging content, common knowledge acquisition, and rigorous standardized testing. Important questions dog Hirsch's thesis, though, especially given our heterogeneous and fractious society. For instance, who gets to decide the content of this shared knowledge? Despite the tedious argumentation of the prose, Hirsch's centrality to the continuing debate over school reform makes his book essential for all education collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/95.]‘Jessica George, Illinois State Univ., Normal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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