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E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
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E. D. Hirsch, Jr., is the author of numerous books, including the bestsellers Cultural Literacy, and The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. Other books by E. D. Hirsch on related subjects are: The First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, and the Core Knowledge Series: What Your First - Sixth Grader Needs to Know, The Schools We Need and Why We Don't Have Them, and most recently, The Making of Americans. These works have influenced recent educational thought and practice in the United States and other countries. Mr. Hirsch is a graduate of Cornell University, and holds masters and doctoral degrees from Yale University. He began his teaching career at Yale, specializing in Romantic Poetry and Literary Theory, and in 1966 became Professor of English at the University of Virginia, where he served twice as chairman of his department. Before his retirement in 2000 he held the position of University Professor of Education and Humanities. In 1977, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 1997 to the International Academy of Education. He is the recipient of several honorary degrees, has been a Fulbright and a
Guggenheim fellow, a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, a Humanities Fellow at Princeton University, a fellow at the Australian National University, and an honoree of the Royal Dutch Academy, and of the NationalAcademy in Rome. He received the biennial QuEST award of the American Federation of Teachers in 1997, the Fordham Award for Valor in Education in 2003, and the James B. Conant Award of the Educational Commission of the States in 2012. He has served on many advisory boards including the National Council on Educational Research. E. D. Hirsch is founder and Chairman of the Board of the non-profit Core Knowledge Foundation, an organization that is exercising a growing influence on American educational reform, with Core Knowledge schools in 47 states.

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Computer Analysis Overturns the Common Core: Educational Research Strikes Again!

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 12:40 PM

In the 1940s, American newspapers began to simplify their prose by means of quantitative measures called "readability formulas." In an effort to preserve their circulation in the age of television, the wire services and newspaper and magazine editors set down rules for simplifying prose which all reporters were...

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The Governors and Chief State School Officers Gave Birth to the Common Core, Now They Should Put Some Flesh on the Infant's Bones

(4) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 4:14 PM

A majority of the public thinks it's a good idea that American students should share a core of common knowledge. That's one reason people tend to favor the idea of Common Core Standards. They understand that children will have a better chance to learn when, for example, all the kindergartners...

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The Test of the Common Core

(16) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 5:09 PM

Here's the follow-up post to "Why I'm For the Common Core." It explains why we should be leery of the forthcoming "core-aligned" tests -- especially those in English Language Arts that people are rightly anxious about. These tests could endanger the promise of the Common Core. In recent...

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Why I'm for the Common Core: Teacher Bashing and Common Core Bashing Are Both Uncalled for

(11) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 12:41 PM

When I'm asked if I support the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) I give an emphatic "yes." They constitute the first multi-state plan to give substance and coherence to what is taught in the public schools. They encourage the systematic development of knowledge in K-5. They break the fearful...

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The Common Core Tests in Language Arts Will Soon Be Coming to Your Child's School. Tell Your Local Superintendent: "Don't Worry. Students Will Ace Those Tests If They Learn History, Civics, Literature, Science, and the Fine Arts."

(8) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 6:43 PM

"A giant risk, as I see it, in the implementation of Common Core is that it will spawn skills-centric curricula. Indeed, every Common Core 'expert' we hear from seems to be advocating this approach."

This comment from an able and experienced teacher is one among several...

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A Game-Changing Education Book from England

(5) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 3:57 PM

A British schoolteacher, Daisy Christodoulou, has just published a short, pungent e- book called Seven Myths about Education. It's a must-read for anyone in a position to influence our low-performing public school system. The book's focus is on British education, but it deserves to be nominated as a...

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Are Schools Dumbing Down the Common Core Standards?

(28) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 3:55 PM

A family joke when I was growing up involved an argument between father and son about what sort of horse carriage the family should buy. "Daddy, let's have cloth seats." "No," said the daddy. "Boy, what's wrong with you, haven't you got any sense? Cloth is impractical; it's got to...

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Why Was It Called 'Progressive Education'?

(5) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 12:01 PM

One of my favorite blog stops is The Huffington Post (I like its politics) but I was brought up short a few days ago by an alarming blog by Lisa Nielsen called "Is Common Core an Attack on Progressive Education?" a mode of education that she characterized as...

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