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E.D. Hirsch

Founder of the Core Knowledge Foundation

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 E.D. Hirsch Biography

Hirsch is the founder and chairman of the Core Knowledge Foundation and professor emeritus of education and humanities at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several acclaimed books on education issues including the best-seller Cultural Literacy. With his subsequent books The Schools We Need and Why We Dont Have Them, The Knowledge Deficit, and The Making of Americans, Dr. Hirsch solidified his reputation as one of the most influential education reformers of our time.

A highly regarded English professor and literary critic earlier in his career, Dr. Hirsch describes being shocked into education reform while doing research on written composition. Conducting research at a pair of colleges in Virginia, he discovered that while the relative readability of a text was an important factor in determining a students ability to comprehend a passage, an even more important factor was the students background knowledge.

African-American students at a Richmond community college could read just as well as University of Virginia students when the topic was roommates or car traffic, but they could not read passages about Lees surrender to Grant, Dr. Hirsch recalled. They had not been taught the various things that they needed to know to understand ordinary texts addressed to a general audience. The results were shocking. What had the schools been doing? I decided to devote myself to helping right the wrong that is being done to such students, he said.

Electrified by the insight gleaned from this research, Dr. Hirsch developed his groundbreaking concept of cultural literacythe idea that reading comprehension requires not just formal decoding skills but also wide-ranging background knowledge. In 1986, he founded the Core Knowledge Foundation, and a year later, published Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs To Know. A surprise publishing phenomenon, the book remained at the top of the New York Times best-seller list for more than six months.

For nearly three decades, in books, articles and lectures, Dr. Hirsch has passionately argued that schools should teach a highly specific curriculum that would allow children to understand things writers and speakers take for granted, and to fully participate in democratic life. We will achieve a just and prosperous society only when our schools ensure that everyone commands enough shared knowledge to communicate effectively with everyone else, Dr. Hirsch concludes.

Read Sol Stern's "E. D. Hirsch's Curriculum for Democracy: A content-rich pedagogy makes better citizens and smarter kids", City Journal, Autumn 2009, Vol. 19, No. 4.

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E.D. Hirsch

Founder of the Core Knowledge Foundation

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E.D. Hirsch Biography

Hirsch is the founder and chairman of the Core Knowledge Foundation and professor emeritus of education and humanities at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several acclaimed books on education issues including the best-seller Cultural Literacy. With his subsequent books The Schools We Need and Why We Dont Have Them, The Knowledge Deficit, and The Making of Americans, Dr. Hirsch solidified his reputation as one of the most influential education reformers of our time.

A highly regarded English professor and literary critic earlier in his career, Dr. Hirsch describes being shocked into education reform while doing research on written composition. Conducting research at a pair of colleges in Virginia, he discovered that while the relative readability of a text was an important factor in determining a students ability to comprehend a passage, an even more important factor was the students background knowledge.

African-American students at a Richmond community college could read just as well as University of Virginia students when the topic was roommates or car traffic, but they could not read passages about Lees surrender to Grant, Dr. Hirsch recalled. They had not been taught the various things that they needed to know to understand ordinary texts addressed to a general audience. The results were shocking. What had the schools been doing? I decided to devote myself to helping right the wrong that is being done to such students, he said.

Electrified by the insight gleaned from this research, Dr. Hirsch developed his groundbreaking concept of cultural literacythe idea that reading comprehension requires not just formal decoding skills but also wide-ranging background knowledge. In 1986, he founded the Core Knowledge Foundation, and a year later, published Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs To Know. A surprise publishing phenomenon, the book remained at the top of the New York Times best-seller list for more than six months.

For nearly three decades, in books, articles and lectures, Dr. Hirsch has passionately argued that schools should teach a highly specific curriculum that would allow children to understand things writers and speakers take for granted, and to fully participate in democratic life. We will achieve a just and prosperous society only when our schools ensure that everyone commands enough shared knowledge to communicate effectively with everyone else, Dr. Hirsch concludes.

Read Sol Stern's "E. D. Hirsch's Curriculum for Democracy: A content-rich pedagogy makes better citizens and smarter kids", City Journal, Autumn 2009, Vol. 19, No. 4.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like E.D. Hirsch for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for E.D. Hirsch, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for E.D. Hirsch or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book E.D. Hirsch?

    Booking fees for E.D. Hirsch, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire E.D. Hirsch, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for E.D. Hirsch?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like E.D. Hirsch for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book E.D. Hirsch for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent E.D. Hirsch or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for E.D. Hirsch or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

E.D. Hirsch is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book E.D. Hirsch for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. E.D. Hirsch generally travels from Charlottesville, VA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are John Kasich, Cory Booker, Mitt Romney, Ken Burns and Robert Fisk. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling E.D. Hirsch for an upcoming event.

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