Essay on An Analysis Of Susan Faludi 's ' The Naked Citadel '

1644 Words Oct 31st, 2016 7 Pages
The strongest person in the world might be able to tackle any physical obstacle, but mental stress can be much more difficult. The nuance with mental stress is that different environments affect people in different ways, and in different magnitudes. Cathy Davidson’s “Project Classroom Makeover”, Susan Faludi’s “The Naked Citadel”, and Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Power of Context”, all describe scenarios with environments that are either stressful and negative, or relaxed and positive. An individual’s identity is minimally impacted in positive environments and drastically affected in negative environments.
The ability to learn is one of the most important parts of an identity; how one learns is unique to the person, and life involves constantly attaining knowledge. Davidson explains her mother-in-laws teaching methods, “Mrs. Davidson taught her kids to dream. Every year, there would be some new, ambitious project with a theme that would unfold over the course of the year… The project lasted not just one full year but many years, and some kids visited those other Mountain Views when they grew up” (66-67). Mrs. Davidson used interactive projects to teach her class, and connect with other parts of the world. For most students, they leave what they do at school, but these students retained what they learned for years. The environment of creativity and discovery Mrs. Davidson cultivated was extraordinarily positive, and implored the children to take it to the next level. Although…

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