E.D. Hirsch’s Core Knowledge Sequence is the education I thought my children would receive when we moved to Irvington. The Core Knowledge Sequence is a coherent, sequential, cumulative, content-rich K-8 education in the liberal arts disciplines, developed and vetted by disciplinary specialists.

Administrators could dramatically raise the quality of Irvington curriculum overnight by adopting the Core Knowledge sequence. E.D. Hirsch didn’t write the Common Core standards, but he is a strong supporter, and his Core Knowledge sequence meets the standards and then some.

And, of course, we would have something real to show prospective home buyers.

Here’s the Core Knowledge sequence:

As a point of comparison, here are the complete NYSED Common Core Standards:

Massachusetts state ELA standards:

State standards & reports

Robert Pondiscio on Reading Workshop (scroll down)
A New Assignment: Pick Books You Like
By MOTOKO RICH August 29, 2009

Call me E.D. Hirsch
Nonfiction Curriculum Enhanced Reading Skills, Study Finds
By Anna M. Phillips March 11, 2012

Sandra Stotsky on students choosing their own books in English class

What Kids Are Reading: The Book-Reading Habits of Students
in American Schools 2012 | Renaissance Learning
What Kids Are Reading: The Book-Reading Habits of Students in
..American Schools 2013 | Renaissance Learning

What do home buyers want?
Curriculum & property values
Children choosing books
E.D. Hirsch’s Core Knowledge Sequence by grade
Per pupil spending