Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Cultural Literacy

Cultural Literacy, E. D. Hirsch

Highlighted excerpts that have made me nod in agreement and given me hope:

Many Americans who have graduated from high school in the recent past have been deprived of the cultural vocabulary that was commonly possessed by educated persons in past generations. Some repair work is necessary for them and for the members of the current school generation. They must be reintroduced to the cultural vocabulary that continues to be the foundation for literate national communication.

The more you know, the more you can learn. [William Raspberry]

It should energize people to learn that only a few hundred pages of information stand between the literate and the illiterate, between dependence and autonomy.

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