Hirsch – notes on ‘Why knowledge matters’


Originally posted on Bokhove.net:

This is a quick post with some thoughts on E.D. Hirsch jr.’s last book ‘Why knowledge matters’. Of course Hirsch is mentioned a lot by the ‘knowledge oriented’ blogosphere, and I can see why. I also had the feeling his message was somewhat distorted though, and so set out to read his latest book. It is an ‘ideas rich’ book, that could have been presented a bit more coherently. It makes it hard to summarise the book. Nevertheless, there were numerous interesting points (my interpretation of course).

Importantly, we need to acknowledge the large role the US context plays; Hirsch is truly interested in inequality and the US has a lot of it. It especially became clear that…

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