Music in the Core Knowledge Sequence: Evaluation and Recommendations for Multicultural Literacy in..

December 1, 1996 / By: Cheryl Cannard

In Cultural Literacy, What Every American Needs to Know (1988), E.D. Hirsch contended that there exists in the United States a body of information that is common knowledge for most literate Americans. He identified and defined this body of information, and called possession of this common knowledge "cultural literacy." In an attempt to put Hirsch's ideas about cultural literacy into practice, a sequential curriculum for grades K-6 called the Core Knowledge Sequence developed by the Core Knowledge Foundation in 1990. The sequence specifies what information should be taught at each grade level and builds upon knowledge learned in previous years of schooling.