Cover of: The making of Americans | E. D. Hirsch

The making of Americans

democracy and our schools

Published by Yale University Press in New Haven .
Written in English.

About the Book

From the bestselling author of Cultural Literacy, a passionate and cogent argument for reforming the way we teach our children Why, after decades of commissions, reforms, and efforts at innovation, do our schools continue to disappoint us? In this comprehensive and thought-provoking book, educational theorist E. D. Hirsch, Jr. offers a masterful analysis of how American ideas about education have veered off course, what we must do to right them, and most importantly why. He argues that the core problem with American education is that educational theorists, especially in the early grades, have for the past sixty years rejected academic content in favor of "child-centered" and "how-to" learning theories that are at odds with how children really learn. The result is failing schools and widening inequality, as only children from content-rich (usually better-off) homes can take advantage of the schools' educational methods. Hirsch unabashedly confronts the education establishment, arguing that a content-based curriculum is essential to addressing social and economic inequality. A nationwide, specific, grade-by-grade curriculum established in the early school grades can help fulfill one of America's oldest and most compelling dreams: to give all children, regardless of language, religion, or origins, the opportunity to participate as equals and become competent citizens. Hirsch not only reminds us of these inspiring ideals, he offers an ambitious and specific plan for achieving them.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
371.010973
Library of Congress
LA217.2 .H57 2009

The Physical Object

Pagination
p. cm.

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL23197166M
Internet Archive
makingofamerican00hirs
ISBN 13
9780300152814
LC Control Number
2009011074
Library Thing
8669911
Goodreads
6847008
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