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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Planning for the last attack doesn't make Americans safer
Topic - E.D. Hirsch Jr.
It's the time of the year when children's smiles begin to look a little pinched. You can feel it when you walk through any school-supplies store. While the colored pencils and lunchboxes on display evoke memories of "the good times," they also spark memories of all that filler work, the spelling and grammar exercises, multiplication tables and the dates of the Revolutionary War.
Mr. Hirsch had said that higher reading levels could be achieved when an emphasis was put on the content of old-fashioned subjects such as history, geography and science as much as the mechanics of learning.
It's been almost 30 years since Mr. Hirsch wrote the best-selling book "Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know," emphasizing the importance of the study of common documents, literary, historical and scientific, that cut across generations, ethnic groups, the privileged and the poor.