We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A review of E.D. Hirsch's new book, The Making of an Educational Conservative,at Claremont. Hirsch is politically liberal, but he believes that people should know things. One quote from the review:
Hirsch holds out too much hope of converting the Left while not welcoming his natural supporters on the Right. He underestimates the education establishment's fear and hostility towards knowledge and rigor, presenting the past "sixty years without a curriculum" as a well-meaning and forgivable misunderstanding. But Progressive education must be understood as an anti-teaching movement as much as an anti-curriculum movement. Anyone who suggests American education should be different from what it is now is subject to merciless attack by those who claim they would teach children even if they didn't get paid, while their unions push one demand: higher salaries for less work.
I've long been an E D Hirsch fan as his Core Curriculum methodology is the only educational approach that makes any sense to me. It is more than ironic that his comrades on the left have been so much opposed to his CC approach. If they had adopted the E D Hirsch approach, their mission of re-education would have been accomplished at public expense.
I have seen some of Hirsch's curriculum topic outlines in history and social studies and they are, as expected, heavily biased toward the left. A charter school meeting my expectations would adopt his Core Curriculum approach and re-write the content in these areas.
Then you would have education to meet the primary goal of American education: To educate children in grades K-12 about the skills needed to succeed in this world, particularly reading and vocabulary, and being a good citizen of the USA. Does anyone know of a charter school using the Hirsch CC approach? I am sure they are out there.
BD, thanks, for reminding me. I suspect it may be the key educational reason why parents will sacrifice to send their children to private schools. And, as I recall, Catholic parochial schools have long utilized the Core Curriculum approach. I am interested in the charter school movement where children can apply public school tuition credit for enrollment. Anyone know of a program like this anywhere?