I learned so many lessons from so many people while writing, talking about, interviewing, and tweeting The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux (Basic Books, Sept 5, 2017). Many of these were lessons learned from others I interviewed and profile in the book. All are in the spirit of The New Education. (Pictured: That's me, with my first ever copy of The New Education.)
--Data is just a source.
--All technology is assistive.
--Learning cannot be automated.
--We must move from credential-centered to student-centered learning
--Disciplines do not exist in nature; they are historically constructed and institutionally protected.
--We cannot counter structural inequality with good will; we need to design structures for equality.
--In education, there is no "path of totality". (NB: in honor of today's eclipse)
Cathy N. Davidson directs the Futures Initiative at the City University of New York (CUNY). Previously, she spent twenty-five years at Duke University, as a scholar and administrator. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Council on the Humanities (2011-2017) and serves on the Board of Directors of Mozilla. She has published over twenty books, including Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn and writes for both academic and general publications including Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, and many others. Davidson is HASTAC's Co-Founder and Co-Director (Director, 2002-2017). The New Education: How To Revolutionize the University To Prepare Students for a World in Flux will be published by Basic Books on September 5, 2017.
In honor of the publication of The New Education, the author contributes to a scholarship fund established at the Graduate Center, CUNY.