What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know : Fundamentals of a Good Fourth-Grade Education

ISBN-10: 0385497202

ISBN-13: 9780385497206

Edition: 2003 (Revised)

Authors: E. D. Hirsch
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Description: With thirty-two pages of full-color illustrations, a bolder, easier-to-follow format, and a thoroughly updated curriculum, WHAT YOUR FOURTH GRADER NEEDS TO KNOW, REVISED EDITION, reflects the Core Knowledge Foundation’s ongoing commitment to providing a solid educational foundation for today’s elementary school students. WHAT YOUR FOURTH GRADER NEEDS TO KNOW, REVISED EDITION, covers the basics of language arts, history and geography, visual arts, music, math, and science. A collection of American speeches, tales from around the world, math problems, and biographies of famous scientists add to the book’s usefulness and enhance the pleasure of both adult and child as they work together. Hundreds of thousands of children have benefited from the Core Knowledge series. This revised edition gives a new generation of fourth graders the knowledge they need to make progress in school and establish an approach to learning that will last a lifetime.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Doubleday Religious Publishing Group, The
Publication date: 8/31/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

Hirsch is a conservative critic best known for his repudiation of critical approaches to literature (chiefly poststructuralism and New Criticism) that assume that the author's intentions do not determine readings. He argues that any such methodology is guilty of "the organic fallacy," the belief that the text leads a life of its own. For Hirsch, the author's authority is the key to literary interpretation: The critic's job is to reproduce textual meaning by recovering the author's consciousness, which guarantees the validity of an interpretation. In his two most important books, Validity in Interpretation (1967) and its sequel, The Aims of Interpretation (1976), Hirsch warns against the "critical anarchy" that follows from the "cognitive atheism" of both relativism and subjectivism. For him, these result from a corollary of the organic fallacy, the thesis that meaning is ultimately indeterminate because it changes over time or with the differing interests and values of different readers. According to Hirsch, meaning does not change; only value or significance does, as readers relate a text's fixed meaning to their cultures. If there is more than one valid interpretation of a text, it is because literature may be reduced to more than one "intrinsic genre" or meaning type---the particular set of conventions governing ways of seeing and of making meaning at the time the author was writing. Many critics suggest that the intentions Hirsch recovers in intrinsic genres are really his own, rather than those of the author, because no one, including Hirsch, can escape his or her historically conditioned frame of reference when developing interpretations of literature. Hirsch's recent books, including Cultural Literacy (1987), are seen as proof of those flaws by those who are troubled by the history and values of the dominant culture that Hirsch insists is the only culture. Hirsch argues that "common knowledge" is being denied minority students and others by feminists and other "radicals" who have undermined the authority of its great texts.

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