Tuesday, September 29, 2009

From an unexpected source--something that makes sense

Via The Chronicle of Higher Education comes E.D. Hirsch Jr.'s article entitled "How Schools Fail Democracy". He states in part...
More than 40 years ago, the historian Richard Hofstadter observed that it was unsound to assume that the individual development of every child must coincide, through a kind of established harmony, with the development of a good society. The anti-set-curriculum idea and the equally unsound how-to conception of learning are two of the guiding ideas in American colleges and schools of education. Together they form an ideological double whammy against a coherent, knowledge-based curriculum in elementary schools—against, that is, the thing most needed to enhance language ability and overcome the language-comprehension gap.

Please read the whole thing!

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