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Where does The Schools We Need rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?
Bloom's CLOSING OF THE AMERICAN MIND, but read Bloom first. Hirsch does a nice job criticizing the dumbing-down backlash in American education resultant of the anti-intellectual movement of the 1960's (actually, he dates the beginnings of the movement back to Romantic Era Germany and France). He shows how what schools need is a balance of fact and imagination rather than all or one of the other, demonstrates that it is not that standardized tests are culturally biased, but rather that minorities are not as well educated at home or in intercity schools, and generally dispels a lot of the misconceptions that have been very dominant in American mis-education since Kirkpatrick.
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I love to read well-articulated challenges to dominant opinions. this book intelligently challenges sacred dogmas such as 'child-centric' and 'hands-on' learning with evidence and logic. Hirsch is compassionate with heartfelt concern for inequity in American education. I now have much to ponder and a lot more reading and research to do!