Cathy N. Davidson believes that higher education must overcome its 19th-century roots to prepare students for the digital and global workplace. Today’s students won’t be entering factories as workers or managers, and so they require a different set of skills and training. Davidson, a distinguished professor at the City University of New York (CUNY), offers background information on why today’s systems have their roots in an industrial age. She details a shocking legacy of racism and eugenics at the root of many of today’s standardization practices, including IQ tests. Davidson presents examples of new educational models that American community colleges and elite universities are exploring. She concludes with a list of simple techniques colleges can use to shift classrooms toward a more active learning model. She presents a separate list telling students how to get the most out of their education. Her overview provides a useful perspective for any parent of college students or college-bound teens and for those in the business of education who want to make changes but don’t know where to start.
In this summary, you will learn
- What historical concerns shaped today’s education model,
- How innovators can disrupt a system that isn’t working and
- Why technology alone isn’t the answer.
About the Author
Cathy N. Davidson is the founding director of the Futures Initiative and a distinguished professor at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author or editor of 18 books.