What We’re Watching: Core Knowledge Curriculum in Action

By Education Next 05/31/2013

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The Core Knowledge Language Arts curriculum is being piloted in New York City. The curriculum, which has been built on the same research base as the Common Core standards, gives students a broad base of background knowledge in addition to decoding skills.

This video looks at two New York City elementary schools participating in the pilot.

A review of the most recent book by E.D. Hirsch, the founder of the Core Knowledge foundation, appears in the Summer 2010 issue of Education Next: “Equal Knowledge: Common Curriculum Would Benefit the Poor — and Democracy,” by Nathan Glazer

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  • TheFrustratedTeacher (@tfteacher) says:

    Poverty and low SES stifle background knowledge acquisition.

    Kids can’t really get background knowledge unless they have what they need at home. You can’t provide background knowledge in a curriculum because each child is so different and has a different set of prior knowledge and therefor have different requirements for what they need to know, based on what they don’t yet know.

    This is why teachers advocate for addressing poverty, which will allow parents the opportunity to provide background knowledge in the form of, say, taking their kids to the zoo, buying them books, going to the museum or the aquarium, or all the activities Mike Petrilli gets to do with his kids.

    Attempting to shove background knowledge down kids’ throats, only then to test them on it is a crime against children.

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