Project Classroom Makeover, By Cathy Davidson Essay

1573 Words Sep 22nd, 2016 7 Pages
Provost, Cathy Davidson, in her narrative essay, “Project Classroom Makeover,” addresses her concern of the hierarchies that have shaped the educational institutions, yet struggles to eliminate hierarchy in education. Davidson’s purpose is to convey the idea that, a part of our failure in the educational institutions is that we use a “one-size-fits-all model.” Davidson has repetitively stated as follows, “we cannot control every outcome or to think that the best way to measure is by keeping each kid on the same page of the same book at the same time,” (61) in fact, not every child has the same skill set and we can no longer put a certain standard and hope that every kid can meet that standard. As Davidson continues her experiments at Duke University, she starts to realize that changing the educational system or seeking more opportunities for the students does not need to be expensive. Instead if we put a little imagination in it, we could possibly change how we teach our students. In this essay, I argue that Cathy Davidson challenges the authority found in hierarchical education models by aiming to make adjustments in the educational institutions and finding alternative ways to help students reach their full potential in their talents and skills. In one of Davidson’s pedagogical case studies, she visits a middle school where she encounters one girl with green and blue striped hair who seemed withdrawn to herself until she began to draw. As she continually fails all of her…

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