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The following excerpts are a sampling from chapter one of Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs To Know. The book argues that schools should return to a more traditional facts-oriented curriculum, which provides children with the knowledge base that all literate Americans share.

The author, E.D. Hirsch Jr., is William R. Kenan Professor of Education at the University of Virginia and a senior fellow at the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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