Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know

by E.D. Hirsch, Jr. | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 039543095x Global Overview for this book
Registered by JDT of Pleasanton, California USA on 12/27/2004
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2 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by JDT from Pleasanton, California USA on Monday, December 27, 2004
Classic, ground-breaking book for educators and parents - on the common, cultural knowledge we all need for successful reading, living in our culture: basic history, geography, art, politics, literature

Journal Entry 2 by JDT from Pleasanton, California USA on Wednesday, January 26, 2005
For me, the best part of this book is the many-paged Appendix:
What Literate Americans Know.
Almost a fun party game to read through/quiz each other: friends, family...OK, maybe a step too far, but these pages are so interesting to me.

Sending to BC/on-line bookgroup friend gensparkie.

Journal Entry 3 by gensparkie from Arcata, California USA on Saturday, January 29, 2005
Looks like an interesting book and I am looking forwarf to reading this! I too scanned the list at the back and was relieved to find I knew what much of it was all about (whew!). LOL.

Journal Entry 4 by gensparkie from Arcata, California USA on Thursday, February 10, 2005
I liked the back of this book, with the lists of things that every American should know, and enjoyed seeing how much I shared with the rest of America.

But the rest of the book was written in kind of a dry, clinical style I felt, and I skimmed it. This just doesn't hold up to the current narrative non-fiction craze, which allows normal people to find out about info in an interesting and experience based way. I felt like I was in a classroom, and I don't care for that feeling when I read. I like to feel that I am in a room with a fascinating person or living in interesting experience.

The book also felt rather dated. Maybe the author should write a follow-up, because this is a really interesting topic!

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