Jonathan Zimmerman

Jonathan Zimmerman is a Professor of History of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. His next book, The Amateur Hour: A History of College Teaching in America, will be published in the fall.
 (July 2020)

A student moving out of Howard University during the coronavirus pandemic, Washington, D.C., March 2020

What Is College Worth?

As tuition and student debt continue to skyrocket, it’s worth asking how much longer we can sustain this system.

The College Dropout Scandal

by David Kirp

The Impoverishment of the American College Student

by James V. Koch

Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy

by Tressie McMillan Cottom

The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us

by Paul Tough

Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost

by Caitlin Zaloom

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July 2, 2020 issue

Protesters against public school closings, Chicago, 2013; from the film ’63 Boycott

The Uncivil War Over Schools

Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side

by Eve L. Ewing

A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago Since the 1960s

by Elizabeth Todd-Breland

How Schools Work: An Inside Account of Failure and Success from One of the Nation’s Longest-Serving Secretaries of Education

by Arne Duncan

’63 Boycott

a documentary film directed by Gordon Quinn

March 21, 2019 issue

Recess on the first day of integration at Little Rock Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1957

‘Brown’: Without Deliberate Speed

A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America’s Schools

by Rachel Devlin

The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind

by Justin Driver

The Lost Education of Horace Tate: Uncovering the Hidden Heroes Who Fought for Justice in Schools

by Vanessa Siddle Walker

November 22, 2018 issue

Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine—a group of African-American students enrolled in the segregated Little Rock Central High School following the Brown decision—pursued by a mob on the first day of the school year, September 4, 1957. Arkansas National Guardsmen sent by Governor Orville Faubus blocked the nine from entering the school; three weeks later President Eisenhower sent federal troops to protect them and enforce desegregation.

What Are Schools For?

In Brown's Wake: Legacies of America's Educational Landmark

by Martha Minow

October 14, 2010 issue

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