Hirsch: Why Parents Think American Schools Are Poor, But Their Child’s Is An Exception

As this blog has mentioned, the current Redeemer Classical school board members' group read is Dr. E.D. Hirsch's "The Schools We Need -- And Why We Don't Have Them." Hirsch's several bestsellers prompted greater attention to effective education among a variety of typically non-mainstream schools. He explains why the education "establishment" has been actively hostile … Continue reading Hirsch: Why Parents Think American Schools Are Poor, But Their Child’s Is An Exception

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‘Our K-12 Education Is Among The Least Effective In The Developed World’

E.D. Hirsch is a renowned researcher from the University of Virginia who wrote the bestselling Cultural Literacy in 1987. It l launched a foundation and myriad curricular reform efforts that proved effective but have not been widely adopted due to ideological resistance and inertia. Hirsch describes himself as a political progressive committed to social equality whose … Continue reading ‘Our K-12 Education Is Among The Least Effective In The Developed World’

‘Educated For The Short Term’ Versus Educated For Eternity

"Literature and history, those two great branches of human learning, records of human behavior, human thought, are less and less valued by the young, and by educators, too. Yet from them one may learn how to be a citizen and a human being. We may learn how to look at ourselves, and at the society … Continue reading ‘Educated For The Short Term’ Versus Educated For Eternity

Good Books for Middle and High School

An incomplete list of classic books from the course of literary wanderings, both from voracious reading and a librarian stint. They are delightful, well-written, and thought provoking. After all, isn’t the purpose of an excellent book to shape your thinking by dialogue with great minds across time? Books that are longer, harder to read, or … Continue reading Good Books for Middle and High School