E.D. Hirsch, Jr., retired emeritus professor of education and humanities at the University of Virginia, is the author of numerous books, including The Knowledge Deficit. Hirsch is founder and chairman of the nonprofit Core Knowledge Foundation, which has helped reshape the curriculum in hundreds of schools around the country. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the International Academy of Education, and is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the AFT’s 1997 QuEST award.
Andrew J. Rotherham is Co-Founder and Partner of Bellwether Education and author of Eduwonk.com. He is also co-founder and publisher of Education Sector, an independent national education policy think tank. He has served in policymaking roles at national and state levels and helped launch several education reform organizations.