How to Educate a Citizen: The Power of Shared Knowledge to Unify a Nation

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by E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

In How to Educate a Citizen (September, 2020), E.D. Hirsch continues the conversation he began thirty years ago with his classic bestseller Cultural Literacy, urging America’s public schools, particularly in Preschool – Grade 8, to educate our children using common, coherent and sequenced curricula to help heal and preserve the nation.

In How to Educate a Citizen (September, 2020), E.D. Hirsch continues the conversation he began thirty years ago with his classic bestseller Cultural Literacy, urging America’s public schools, particularly in Preschool – Grade 8, to educate our children using common, coherent and sequenced curricula to help heal and preserve the nation.

To be able to function in contemporary society, one must possess the background knowledge that literate writers and speakers assume their audiences already share. Those who have this background knowledge are able to fully participate in the American democratic system, both contributing to and reaping the benefits from such a society.

In this edition, Hirsch cites recent cognitive science research that further strengthens his arguments for this approach, as well as real life examples of American schools and educators who have implemented knowledge-rich curricula.

Of particular interest, given the challenges Americans have faced in 2020, is the final chapter, titled “Patriotism: Shared Knowledge and Kindness.”

To quote Hirsch, “It is …a peaceable and happy arrangement if the education of the young is wise and effective, and is, in these days also international and peaceable. For schooling to achieve that kind of beneficent result, adults are obliged to hand down the tribe’s language and customs, so that the child benefits from their historically gained wisdom.”

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ISBN: 978-0-06300-192-3

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