More from E. D. Hirsch Jr.
Hirsch's Education Next article on the twentieth anniversary of A Nation at Risk is my favorite in the Spring 2003 issue. He argues that the commission got the basic premise about what went wrong with American education wrong. He makes a very compelling argument for why content matters and why we need a core curriculum.
Where I differ with Hirsch is that I do not trust the states or any government body to implement and stick to a relevant core curriculum--free from the educrats usual statist agendas. I'd rather have the choice to buy Hirsch's curriculum at Costco or better yet choose a school that embraces clear content knowledge.