Cathy Davidson: Education Is The Root To Success

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Education is the root to success. Cathy Davidson states, “Since 1975, American educational attainment has leveled off or even dropped.” (58). So education should not stagnate because the world is ever changing so it must evolve and adapt. It needs to keep changing to keep up with the current needs and technology so it can educate students about skills that will be useful to them rather than outdated ones. Also education should not only be focused on math and science subjects but rather the whole spectrum of subjects ranging from classical dancing to modern art. Education needs to change the one-size-fits-all model because it narrows the spectrum to skills which society values and the kids with talents and skills outside of the spectrum are labeled as failures. For example, if a student cannot perform well on the math and science standardized exams, he will be labeled as a failure while his true talents might be in the arts. An approach that changes the way of education so students can be fully engaged in subjects which interest …show more content…
It was many years ago, in rural Alberta, Canada.” (64). Mrs. Davidson did not teach in a conventional manner. She taught using challenges, games, interactivities, and communal learning activities. She is exemplifies everything education and teaching should be about. She was interested in her students and wanted them to really learn rather than spit out facts and expect them to spit them onto an answer sheet. She made learning “fun”. She made her students play games but the outcome was that everyone won. “This classroom story shows that kids want to learn and can propel themselves to all kinds of learning as long as there is a payoff, not what is won or achieved in statistical terms, but what is won and achieved inside.” (67). When students are engaged in learning activities, they will be able to learn skills that cannot be replicated by

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