Why Knowledge Matters

Why Knowledge Matters Rescuing Our Children from Failed Educational Theories

E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
cloth, 280 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2016
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-953-2
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paper, 280 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2016
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-952-5
Price: $31.00

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In Why Knowledge Matters, influential scholar E. D. Hirsch, Jr., addresses critical issues in contemporary education reform and shows how cherished truisms about education and child development have led to unintended and negative consequences. 

Praise

Knowledge matters! Anyone who has struggled to read an article stuffed with technical or legal jargon, or with arcane references to obscure places and events, has had a taste of what it’s like to be a child who has been deprived of the cultural touchstones that literate adults take for granted. Hirsch is performing a brave and invaluable service by reminding us that proficient reading depends not just on skilled eyes and ears but on an educated mind.
— Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, author of The Language Instinct and The Sense of Style

Hirsch has done it again. He has produced the most clear and well-grounded argument for why a knowledge-centric education is critical for enhancing educational equity. He pulls no punches. Why Knowledge Matters provides thoughtful solutions to important education issues.
— Susan B. Neuman, professor and chair, Teaching and Learning Department, Steinhardt School, New York University

If you are frustrated and angry about the over-testing of students, the narrowing of the curriculum, the scapegoating of teachers, and the persistence of the achievement gap, you must read this brilliant book. Hirsch persuasively explains how all these phenomena are related, and points the way forward to a better education for all.
— Daniel T. Willingham, professor, University of Virginia

Hirsch’s call for 'a better-educated citizenry' should be heeded by educators and administrators alike. — Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. is the founder of the Core Knowledge Foundation.


Table of Contents

Prologue

Author Interview on Education Week

Author Interview on BYU Radio

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Creating Research-Practice Partnerships in Education

William R. Penuel and Daniel J. Gallagher, Foreword by John Q. Easton

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Rethinking Readiness

Edited by Rafael Heller, Rebecca E. Wolfe, and Adria Steinberg