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The New Education by Cathy Davidson

The New Education Cathy Davidson

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Praise for Cathy Davidson’s The New Education

Davidson writes in the tradition of Du Bois and Dewey, a pragmatist tradition that puts inquiry first and sees learning through the potential of the full, complex human beings students can become. If the new education is to be successful, whatever its use of technology, it will build on this tradition — as teachers and students make it their own.”

The Washington Post

Davidson argues persuasively that student-centered, active learning can transform classrooms and even online courses. ...Davidson’s enthusiasm and her examples should inspire creativity from a lot more college teachers. But inspiration is a fair starting point.”

New York Times Book Review

An engaging, anecdotal, wide-ranging look at educational innovation… A persuasive plea for creative learning.


The New Education manages to pull off the neat trick of being relevant and fascinating.... This is a book that I recommend to every tuition-paying parent and newly-enrolled student, as well as to all who make their living in academe.”

Inside Higher Education

An inspiring, well-researched, and compelling manifesto for a revolution in learning and teaching...for everyone who wants to understand why and how universities need to be reimagined for the 21st century—those who have been ‘educated’ and those who aspire to be. It is the most important book I have read in many years.

Tony Wagner, Harvard University i-lab Expert in Residence,
author of
The Global Achievement Gap

The New Education compels us to equip our students with creative new tactics for navigating the volatile present. Grounded in a deep understanding of both historical and current crises in education, Davidson challenges us to reinvigorate and reconsider our approach to reform.

danah boyd, author of It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

“Are colleges and universities failing an entire generation of young people? Yes, argues Cathy Davidson, a renowned literary scholar and a leader in higher education important and illuminating book whose argument is driven by a deep knowledge of the past and an even deeper commitment to the future.

Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History, Harvard University

Offers valuable reflections on ways educators can reexamine approaches to preparing young women and men for a rapidly evolving modern world. Grounded in decades of classroom experience and scholarly inquiry...a compelling case for educators to interrogate traditional structures in higher education, and help students seek, in her words, ‘a sustained and productive life.’”

John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University

An inspiring and lucid explanation of how we got the educational system we have and how to build the one our students and our country needs and deserves. A must read for those interested in higher education.

Diana Taylor, President, Modern Language Association, University Professor, New York University

About the Author

Cathy N. Davidson is Distinguished Professor of English and Founding Director of the Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and the R. F. DeVarney Professor Emerita of Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University, where she served as the nation’s first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies. She is the cofounding director (now co-director) of HASTAC (“Haystack”), Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory, a member of the Board of Directors of Mozilla, and member of the National Council of the Humanities as an appointee of President Barack Obama (2011-2017). The 2016 recipient of the Ernest J. Boyer Award for Significant Contributions to Higher Education, she writes about technological innovation and professional development–in school, in the workplace, and in everyday life—for the Harvard Business ReviewWall Street JournalFast CompanyThe Chronicle of Higher EducationThe Washington PostTimes Higher Ed, as well as many other publications. She has published some twenty books on technology, the history of the book, literature, education, and cognitive neuroscience, including Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in AmericaThe Future of Thinking: Learning Institutions in a Digital Age, with David Theo Goldberg; and Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn. Follow her work at and @CathyNDavidson.

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