The New Education by Cathy N. Davidson
How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World In Flux

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Davidson sees current emphasis on STEM fields to be too focused on testing rather than real-life applications. “Youth,” she writes, “are still being graded into passivity and a state of fear by standardized classes.” Advice for students and teachers rounds out a persuasive plea for creative learning.
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A leading educational thinker argues that the American university is stuck in the past--and shows how we can revolutionize it for our era of constant change
Our current system of higher education dates to the period from 1865 to 1925, when the nation's new universities created grades and departments, majors and minors, in an attempt to prepare young people for a world transformed by the telegraph and the Model T. As Cathy N. Davidson argues in The New Education, this approach to education is wholly unsuited to the era of the gig economy. From the Ivy League to community colleges, she introduces us to innovators who are remaking college for our own time by emphasizing student-centered learning that values creativity in the face of change above all. The New Education ultimately shows how we can teach students not only to survive but to thrive amid the challenges to come.
 

About Cathy N. Davidson

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CATHY N. DAVIDSON codirects the annual HASTAC/MacArthur Digital Media and Learning competitions. She holds distinguished chairs in English and interdisciplinary studies at Duke University and has published more than a dozen books. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.
 
Published September 5, 2017 by Basic Books. 318 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction
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on Jun 05 2017

Davidson sees current emphasis on STEM fields to be too focused on testing rather than real-life applications. “Youth,” she writes, “are still being graded into passivity and a state of fear by standardized classes.” Advice for students and teachers rounds out a persuasive plea for creative learning.

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Reviewed by Craig calhoun on Aug 23 2017

Davidson’s enthusiasm and her examples should inspire creativity from a lot more college teachers. And in fact there is a lot of good teaching in American higher education. But the puzzle left by Davidson’s book is why the overall model has been so impervious to change.

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