Cultural literacy: what every American needs to know

Book Cover
Average Rating
Houghton Mifflin,
Pub. Date:
A must-read for parents and teachers, this major bestseller reveals how cultural literacy is the hidden key to effective education and presents 5000 facts that every literate American should know. 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. An important work that has engendered a nationwide debate on our educational standards, Cultural Literacy is a required reading for anyone concerned with our future as a literate nation.
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
No Tags, Be the first to tag this record!
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 688e2a0c-732f-1503-de73-82c71c800de8
Grouping Title cultural literacy what every american needs to know
Grouping Author hirsch e d
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2017-12-18 23:44:18PM
Last Indexed 2019-01-20 01:21:24AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
auth_author2 Kett, Joseph F., Trefil, James, 1938-
author Hirsch, E. D. (Eric Donald), 1928-
author2-role Kett, Joseph F., Trefil, James,1938-
author_display Hirsch, E. D
available_at_school Mt. View Elementary, Wright Middle
collection_school Professional
detailed_location_school Mt. View Elementary - Adult Professional, Wright Middle - Adult Professional
format_category_school Books
format_school Book
id 688e2a0c-732f-1503-de73-82c71c800de8
isbn 039543095, 9780394758435
item_details ils:CARL0000017108|A01020318|Wright Middle - Adult Professional|PRO 370.19 HIR|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||4X805||, ils:CARL0000017108|A01263792|Mt. View Elementary - Adult Professional|PROF 370.19 HIR|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||2E576||
itype_school Book
last_indexed 2019-01-20T07:21:24.394Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_school PRO 370.19 HIR, PROF 370.19 HIR
owning_library_school Schools
owning_location_school Mt. View Elementary, Wright Middle
primary_isbn 9780394758435
publishDate 1987
record_details ils:CARL0000017108|Book|Books||English|Houghton Mifflin,|1987.|xvii, 251 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:CARL0000017108 A01020318 On Shelf On Shelf false true false false false true
ils:CARL0000017108 A01263792 On Shelf On Shelf false true false false false true
subject_facet Culture, Educational anthropology -- United States, Literacy -- United States, Multicultural education -- United States
title_display Cultural literacy : what every American needs to know
title_full Cultural literacy : what every American needs to know / E.D. Hirsch, Jr. ; with an appendix, What literate Americans know [by] E.D. Hirsch, Jr., Joseph Kett, James Trefil
title_short Cultural literacy :
title_sub what every American needs to know
topic_facet Culture, Educational anthropology, Literacy, Multicultural education