What Do Our 17-Year Olds Know?: A Report on the First National Assessment of History and Literature

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What Do Our 17-Year-Olds Know? Gives the results of the first nationwide test of American high school students' knowledge of history and literature, as well as fascinating insight into what teenagers are reading, how much television they watch, what influence their home environment has on their academic achievement, and what historical topics and literary works are included in (or have been dropped from) the school curriculum.

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This addresses some of the same issues as Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind ( LJ 5/1/87) and E. D. Hirsch, Jr.'s Cultural Literacy ( LJ 6/1/87), but with less crankiness. All three books agree that history and literature need to be re-emphasized in curriculums. The present work focuses on 11th grade youngsters and the results of the first national test of students' knowledge of history and literature, funded by the NEH. It goes behind the scores to identify factors in higher achievement, and includes recommendations for teaching. A thoughtful, objective work by two distinguished authors. Recommended. Annette V. Janes, Director Hamilton P.L., Mass.
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