This paperback edition, with a new introduction, presents a forceful, compelling, and unassailable argument for revamping America's schooling methods and ideasâ€”from one of America's most prominent educators and the author of the best-selling Cultural Literacy.
For more than fifty years, American schools have functioned under the notion that academically challenging children is unnatural for them, that teachers do not need to know the subjects they teach, and that the "process" of learning should be prioritized over the facts taught. All of this is sadly incorrect.
E. D. Hirsch, Jr., a renowned educator and author, contends that by rejecting content-based curriculum in favour of abstractâ€”and discreditedâ€”theories of how a kid learns, the ideas universally taught in our schools have done grave harm to America's pupils. Our schools' procedures have drastically limited our children's aptitude and willingness to learn, rather than preparing them for the highly competitive, information-based economy in which we now live.
The Schools We Need, with an introduction that covers educational trends since the hardcover edition's publication, is a passionate and thoughtful book that will appeal to the millions of people who don't understand why America's schools aren't educating our children.