The Knowledge Deficit: Closing the Shocking Education Gap for American Children

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 1, 2007 - Education - 192 pages
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The Knowledge Deficit illuminates the real issue in education today -- without an effective curriculum, American students are losing the global education race. In this persuasive book, the esteemed education critic, activist, and best-selling author E.D. Hirsch, Jr., shows that although schools are teaching the mechanics of reading, they fail to convey the knowledge needed for the more complex and essential skill of reading comprehension. Hirsch corrects popular misconceptions about hot issues in education, such as standardized testing, and takes to task educators' claims that they are powerless to overcome class differences. Ultimately, this essential book gives parents and teachers specific tools for enhancing children's abilities to fully understand what they read.

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This is an admirable and brave little book. E D Hirsch is an eminent educational thinker and writer whose tone is unfailingly calm and unassuming, even though he's confronting the US educational ... Read full review

The knowledge deficit: closing the shocking education gap for American children

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Founder of the Core Knowledge Foundation, Hirsch(Cultural Literacy ) offers another treatise on the need for core knowledge in U.S. education. While the reading scores of younger students in the ... Read full review

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E.D. Hirsch, Jr. is the Linden Kent Memorial Professor of English at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and the author of Cultural Literacy, The First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, and The Core Knowledge Series. Dr. Hirsch is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been a senior fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is president of the Core Knowledge Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to educational reform.

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