Project Classroom Makeover By Cathy Davidson Essay

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Education is a very powerful tool in the twenty-first century; the power of knowledge allows an individual to advance his social and economic status. “Project Classroom Makeover” by Cathy Davidson demonstrates the necessity of a customized education system in modern America while explaining why traditional learning is slowly reversing true American values. Since the late 1800s, the United States of America has developed a reputation of “rags to riches” because of the success stories of John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, and Andrew Carnegie. The belief that anyone can achieve the American Dream turned the United States into one of the most omnipotent countries in the world. However, recently, the federal government has treated education secondary to homeland security, welfare, and health care. Other countries such as Korea, Finland, India, China, and Switzerland have surpassed America in education, technology, and math and science rankings. Cathy Davidson’s, “Project Classroom Makeover”, exhibits that the United States has reached its pinnacle and the education system is slowly failing millennials due to its inability to adjust its curriculum to accommodate the ever-changing technological age. The current, yet archaic, education system is based on America’s agricultural and industrial era, which took place during the early 1800s. Horace Mann’s “common schools” included a three month summer vacation during farming season to allow farmers’ kids to receive schooling. Public
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