The Schools We Need and Why

E. D. Hirsch, Jr., Author Doubleday Books $25.95 (336p) ISBN 978-0-385-48457-2
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.)
Reviewed on: 07/29/1996
Release date: 08/01/1996
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 336 pages - 978-0-385-49524-0
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