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Knowledge Deficit Closing the Shocking Education Gap for American Children

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ISBN-10: 0618657312

ISBN-13: 9780618657315

Edition: 2006

Authors: E. D. Hirsch, E. D. Hirsch

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E. D. Hirsch, Jr., author of the best-selling Cultural Literacy and our most insightful thinker on what schools teach, offers an urgent solution to the shocking national decline in children's reading ability. How can it be, Hirsch asks, that American students score so low among developed nations in international comparisons -- and that they perform worse the longer they stay in school? Drawing on arresting classroom scenes, the history of ideas, and current understanding of the patterns of intellectual growth, Hirsch builds the powerful case that, while our schools excel at teaching the mechanics of reading, they fail virtually all American children -- poor and middle class, in public and…    
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List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/24/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
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…    

Why do we have a knowledge deficit?
Sounding out : just the beginning of reading
Knowledge of language
Knowledge of things
Using school time productively
Using tests productively
Achieving commonality and fairness
The critical importance of an adequate theory of reading