Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know

By E. D. Hirsch Jr.
Read by Barrett Whitener

9.93 Hours 03/01/1996 unabridged
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In this forceful manifesto Professor E. D. Hirsch, Jr., argues that children in the United States are being deprived of the basic knowledge that would enable them to function in contemporary society. They lack cultural literacy: a grasp of background information that writers and speakers assume their audience already has. Even if a student has a basic competence in the English language, he or she has little chance of entering the American mainstream without knowing what a silicon chip is, or when the Civil War was fought. A major bestseller that has engendered a nationwide debate on our educational standards, Cultural Literacy is required listening for parents, teachers, and anyone else concerned with our future as a literate nation. Included are five thousand essential names, dates, phrases, and concepts.

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Summary

Summary

In this forceful manifesto Professor E. D. Hirsch, Jr., argues that children in the United States are being deprived of the basic knowledge that would enable them to function in contemporary society. They lack cultural literacy: a grasp of background information that writers and speakers assume their audience already has. Even if a student has a basic competence in the English language, he or she has little chance of entering the American mainstream without knowing what a silicon chip is, or when the Civil War was fought.

A major bestseller that has engendered a nationwide debate on our educational standards, Cultural Literacy is required listening for parents, teachers, and anyone else concerned with our future as a literate nation. Included are five thousand essential names, dates, phrases, and concepts.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Fascinating reading, particularly when we bear in mind that…it is an attempt to establish what all culturally literate Americans actually know, not what they ought to know…Mr. Hirsch’s proposal merits serious consideration.” New York Times
“Whitener gives the present work a clear, uncluttered quality, and his efforts to provide variety of tone and pace...are especially commendable. Audiofile

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Author

Author Bio: E. D. Hirsch Jr.

E. D. Hirsch, Jr., is a professor at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and the author of the bestselling Cultural Literacy and the The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy.  He is also president of the nonprofit Core Knowledge Foundation, whose curriculum is followed by more than two hundred schools. Recent independent research on these schools has documented significant progress by both disadvantaged and advantaged students.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 9.93
Audience: Adult
Language: English