E.D. Hirsch Jr.
Founder, Chairman of the Board


  • Reading and literacy

E. D. Hirsch Jr. is the author of numerous books, including the bestsellers “Cultural Literacy” and “The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy.” Other books by Hirsch are “The First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy” and the Core Knowledge series: “What Your First – Sixth Grader Needs to Know,” “The Schools We Need and Why We Don’t Have Them” and, most recently, “The Making of Americans.” Hirsch is a graduate of Cornell University and holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Yale University. He began his teaching career at Yale, and in 1966 became professor of English at the University of Virginia, where he served twice as chairman of his department. Before his retirement in 2000 he was the university professor of education and humanities. He is the recipient of several honorary degrees and has been recognized with numerous fellowships. He is also an honoree of the Royal Dutch Academy and the National Academy in Rome. Hirsch is founder and chairman of the board of the Core Knowledge Foundation, an organization that is exercising a growing influence on American educational reform with Core Knowledge schools in 47 states.