The Core Knowledge Sequence is a “coherent, cumulative, and content-specific
core curriculum” developed by the Core Knowledge Foundation, a nonprofit
organization founded by E. D. Hirsch, Ph.D. professor emeritus of education
and humanities at the University of Virginia. Dr. Hirsch is the author of
Cultural Literacy (Vintage, 1988), The Schools We Need and Why We Don’t Have
Them (Anchor, 1999), The Knowledge Deficit (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,
2006), The Making of Americans: Democracy and Our Schools (Yale University
Press, 2009), and, most recently, Why Knowledge Matters: Rescuing Our
Children from Failed Educational Theories (Harvard Education Press, 2016).
In alignment with our mission, the innovative and rigorously academic nature
of the Core Knowledge Sequence will result in improved scholar learning and
achievement results. In studies (and in North Carolina charter schools), the
Sequence has consistently produced scholars who score better on tests, are
better prepared to address a broad range of topics, and are excited about
learning. It has also been shown to create an environment of collaboration
and collegiality among teachers. This excitement is infectious and helps to
produce scholars who become lifelong learners and voracious problem solvers.
In keeping with the standards set forth by the Core Knowledge Foundation, we
have specifically chosen to use Singapore Math for our mathematics
instruction. The program offered with this rigorous curriculum is based on
the model of teaching mathematics in Singapore, where scholars consistently
outscore and outperform their United States counterparts. Further, there is
a great deal of emphasis on problem solving and the solving of multi-step
problems. A scholar who has been trained using this method will be better
prepared to look at and solve problems from many different angles.
These curricula align directly with the North Carolina Essential Standards.
In order to succeed at Community Public Charter School, scholars will have
to be leaders in the classroom and strive for academic achievement through
hard work and collaboration with peers. All scholars deserve a fair, equal
and all-encompassing curriculum, and the Core Knowledge Sequence has been
shown to be effective for all scholars.