Cultural Literacy

What Every American Needs to Know

E. D. Hirsch, Jr.



Rudolf Steiner faced two primary problems when he set about defining the curriculum of the Waldorf School. One problem was that the people who were well-educated had almost no practical knowledge of anything; the other was that the people who worked in the trades had no real cultural literacy. His curriculum answered both needs in the context of 1919 Germany. E. D. Hirsch’s book addresses the latter need from the perspective of late-20th Century America. As such, it is a treasure house of the cultural underpinnings of civilization and a gold mine of ideas for keeping civilization civilized.

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