Hirsch’s ‘Why knowledge matters’ (incredibly short synopsis)

The Quirky Teacher

I was just scrabbling about to find a spare notepad to write up some notes, when I stumbled on an old notepad with written notes on Hirsch’s ‘Why knowledge matters’ from a few years ago. I thought I’d transcribe them into bullet point format for the time-pressed among you. Let me know what you think.

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Prologue

  • 3 bad ideas in education are: a) education should be about a child’s ‘natural development’, b) education should be personalised for each child, c) schools should focus on teaching generic skills

Chapter 1

  • Educators focus wrongly on teaching generic reading skills when in fact it is knowledge that needs to be taught so that children can actually understand the texts
  • Reading test quality should improve, rather than focus so much on generic skills
  • No point having a good pre-school if primary schools don’t focus on knowledge acquisition
  • A common core curriculum for all primary…

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