ERIC Number: ED435604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Uncommon Sense: Core Knowledge in the Classroom.
Mackley, Timm A.
This book shares the author's experiences implementing the Core Knowledge Sequence in a small town, offering an understanding of why Core Knowledge has been such a positive experience for learners. As the book describes reasons for using the Core Knowledge Sequence, it substantiates them with authentic experiences from administrators, teachers, parents, and students. The Core Knowledge Sequence, based on the work of E.D. Hirsch, Jr., is a curriculum that describes what students should know and prescribes specific topics for instruction in grades K-8. What students learn gives them a common base for additional learning. The Sequence provides a systematic syllabus of content. It includes topics and subtopics in language arts, world history, American history, geography, visual arts, music, mathematics, and science. It specifies content for half of the school curriculum, with the remaining half chosen by teachers or schools. This book offers suggestions for implementing the Core Knowledge Sequence in a school or district and discusses how to network and find supplementary resources key to school reform efforts. There are four chapters: (1) "Building the Case for Core Knowledge"; (2) "What Is Core Knowledge?" (3) "Introducing Core Knowledge to Your School," and (4) "Inside a Core Knowledge School." Two final sections present "Questions and Answers about Core Knowledge" and "Recommended Resources on Core Knowledge." (SM)
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Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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