Why One Educator Says It's Time To Rethink Higher Education

Cathy Davidson is a historian of technology who finds the seeds of necessary innovation in unexpected places, like her home institution, the City University of New York.
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"What would it mean to redesign higher education for the intellectual space-travel students need to thrive in the world we live in now?"

That's one of the provocative questions that opens Cathy Davidson's latest book, The New Education. And unlike some of the journalists and business figures who have taken previous swings at that pinata, Davidson has a full career of research and practice to inform her abundance of answers.

Davidson spent more than two decades as a professor at Duke University. She taught English and humanities, but with the advent of the Internet, she saw the

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