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The New Education Book CoverBelow is a summary of the Sept 8 issue of the monthly, New Education News.

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The New Education launched on Sept 5 and should be in an independent bookstore near you.  It is also available on

(Please note: To celebrate the publication of The New Education, the author contributes to a scholarship fund set up at the Graduate Center, CUNY.)


Sept 26 Trustees Room, New York Public Library, New York, NY

Oct 11 Duke University, Durham, NC

Oct 12 National Humanities Center, Raleigh, NC

Oct 12 The Regulator Bookstore, Durham, NC

Oct 20 Mozilla Headquarters, San Francisco, CA

Nov 4 HASTAC International Conference Closing Plenary, Orlando, FL

Nov 6 Graduate Center Public Talk, New York, NY

Nov 9 American Studies Association Opening Plenary, Chicago, IL

Nov 11 Chicago Humanities Festival Keynote, Chicago, IL

Nov 15 Georgetown University Book Talk w/ President DeGioia, Washington, DC

Jan 5 MLA Plenary Panel w/ Angela Davis and Judith Butler, New York, NY

Jan 9  Working Session: Borough of Manhattan Community College

Jan 10  Keynote and Workshops, Middlebury College, VT

Feb 15 Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, GA

Feb 16 Agnes Scott College Founder’s Day, President’s Event, Decatur, GA

Mar 1 UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

Apr 2  Frank Rhodes Annual Lecture, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

Apr 11-12 Keynote and Workshops, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Jun 3 CIC Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts Keynote, Atlanta, GA


“Learning Outcomes to Transform the World,” Inside Higher Education, August 28, 2017.

In this blog, Davidson shows how the tedious and sometimes mechanical exercise of stating and designing “learning outcomes” can become a collective class activity designed to engaged students in thinking about what they want from their education (and their lives) and how to contribute to a class to gain those outcomes.


“Three Easy, Smart Ways to Transform Your Classroom Tomorrow,”, August 30, 2017.

This essay highlights three blogs that help anyone turn any classroom into an active, engaged space (one by me, one by Prof Sonya Huber, one by GC CUNY doctoral candidate Danica Savonick)

Why Picking a Major Is a Bad Idea for College Kids,” TIME, September 6, 2017.

This essay could be retitled, “How a student today can self-design a great education anywhere (even if the institution hasn’t revised its major in a generation).”  A student entering college this fall could be in the workforce until 2065 or 2070. Learning how to synthesize knowledge and apply ideas in new situations is as important as specialized content that comes from a major.


“More or Less Technology in The Classroom? We’re Asking the Wrong Question,” Fast Company, September 7, 2017.

Neither technophobia or technophilia is the right solution for our students. The real issue is the process of learning and the best ways to think about, through, and with technology to help arm students for a complex, exciting, and sometimes treacherous world


“Of Course Algebra is Important.  It’s Also a Huge Problem,” Washington Post, The Answer Sheet, September 15, 2017.

“For too many students, algebra is not the gateway to mathematical literacy. It is the gatekeeper. Algebra is the single most failed course in high school, the most failed course in community college, and, along with English language for nonnative speakers, the single biggest academic reason that community colleges have a high dropout rate. Although 60 percent of students enrolled at community colleges must take at least one course in math, about eighty percent of students never fulfill the requirement. They leave without graduating.”



“”At her best, Davidson writes in the tradition of DuBois 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, adapting it to changing times.” — Michael Roth, 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.” — Craig Calhoun, The New York Times


“Cathy Davidson’s The New Education manages to pull of the neat trick of being relevant and fascinating for both the consumers and the producers of higher education. This is a book that I recommend to every tuition-paying parent and newly-enrolled student, as well a to all who make their living in academe.”–Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed,


“She pulls no punches and writes in a style that challenges and encourages in equal measure. She is a doyen of the progressive education movement, and her ideas are far reaching and influential.” — Steve Wheeler, Learning with “e”s


“Cathy Davidson’s new book is a manifesto on teaching students — and institutions — how to survive and thrive in the digital age. … Davidson already has proven herself to be something of a contemporary Eliot — or at least visionary.” — Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed


“American colleges will fail kids without these 5 crucial upgrades.” — Pamela Gwyn Kripke, New York Post[



“Q&A with Cathy Davidson,”Deborah Kalb Books, September 5, 2017. Deborah Kalb interviewed Cathy Davidson about “The New Education” in Book Q&As.


“Do the Technophobes and Technophiles Both Need a ‘New Education’?” EdSurge, September 5, 2017. EdSurge spoke with Cathy Davidson about “The New Education” and why she thinks a revision in higher ed is necessary.

“The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare,” Teaching in Higher Ed, September 7, 2017. On today’s @tihighered, @CathyNDavidson challenges us to help our students embrace complexity and prepare for tomorrow.



Sept 5 Northeast Public Radio show “The Roundtable” with Joe Donahue

Sept 6  Krys Boyd, “Think,”  KERA (Dallas-Fort Worth NPR affiliate)

Sept 7: Steve Noxon, WATR Radio (Waterbury, CT)

Sept 12: Jefferson Public Radio, “The Jefferson Exchange”  (Ashland, Or, NPR Affiliate)–Call Ins

Sept 20:  Leonard Lopate Show, WYNC, 120-2 pm

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