Sunday Book Review : The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy by E.D. Hirsch Jr.

The Dictionary of Cultural LiteracyThe Dictionary of Cultural Literacy by E.D. Hirsch Jr.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love to dive into Culture and what it means and how it affects people. I had never really thought much previously about Cultural Literacy. I think Hirsch says it best himself, “Community is built up of shared knowledge and values — the same shared knowledge that is taken for granted when we read a book or newspaper, and that is also taken for granted as part of the fabric that connects us to one another.”

As I read the book I became more and more aware that part of what disconnects me with others is when there isn’t much overlap in Cultural Literacy. I find this often when working in a diverse environment where co-workers are from another country. I am sure this book will piss many people off in it’s thoughts about how to go about teaching Cultural Literacy, but there is little denying the power of a shared language/culture.

If you are wanting to find good books to read or topics to engage in to broaden your ability to connect this sucker is full of them.

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