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Jonathan Zimmerman is professor of education and history, New York University. His previous books include Innocents Abroad: American Teachers in the American Century and Whose America? Culture Wars in the Public Schools. He lives in Narberth, PA.
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Free Speech
And Why You Should Give a Damn
Jonathan Zimmerman, Signe Wilkinson - May 01, 2021
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In America we like to think we live in a land of liberty, where everyone can say whatever they want. Throughout our history, however, we have also been quick to censor people who offend or frighten us. We talk a good game about freedom of speech, then we turn around and deny it to others. In this brief but bracing book, historian Jonathan Zimmerman...
The Case for Contention
Teaching Controversial Issues in American Schools (History and Philosophy of Education Series)
Jonathan Zimmerman, Emily Robertson - Apr 24, 2017
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From the fights about the teaching of evolution to the details of sex education, it may seem like American schools are hotbeds of controversy. But as Jonathan Zimmerman and Emily Robertson show in this insightful book, it is precisely because such topics are so inflammatory outside school walls that they are so commonly avoided within them. And thi...
The Amateur Hour
A History of College Teaching in America
Jonathan Zimmerman - Oct 27, 2020
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American college teaching is in crisis, or so we are told. But we've heard that complaint for the past 150 years, as critics have denounced the poor quality of instruction in undergraduate classrooms. Students daydream in gigantic lecture halls while a professor drones on, or they meet with a teaching assistant for an hour of aimless discussion. Th...
Whose America?
Jonathan Zimmerman - Jan 01, 1708 (first published in 2002)
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What do America's children learn about American history, American values, and human decency? Who decides? In this absorbing book, Jonathan Zimmerman tells the dramatic story of conflict, compromise, and more conflict over the teaching of history and morality in twentieth-century America.In history, whose stories are told, and how? As Zimmerman reve...
Campus Politics
What Everyone Needs to Know®
Jonathan Zimmerman - Aug 08, 2016
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Universities are usually considered bastions of the free exchange of ideas, but a recent tide of demonstrations across college campuses has called this belief into question, and with serious consequences. Such a wave of protests hasn't been seen since the campus free speech demonstrations ofthe 1960s, yet this time it is the political Left, rather ...
Too Hot to Handle
A Global History of Sex Education
Jonathan Zimmerman - Feb 22, 2015
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The first comprehensive history of sex education around the worldToo Hot to Handle is the first truly international history of sex education. As Jonathan Zimmerman shows, the controversial subject began in the West and spread steadily around the world over the past century. As people crossed borders, however, they joined hands to block sex educatio...
Innocents Abroad
American Teachers in the American Century
Jonathan Zimmerman - Dec 15, 2008
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Since the 1890s, thousands of American teachers - mostly young, white, middle-class, and inexperienced - have fanned out across the globe. 'Innocents Abroad' tells the story of what they intended to teach and what lessons they learned....
Small Wonder
The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory (Icons of America)
Jonathan Zimmerman - Mar 03, 2015 (first published in 2009)
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The little red schoolhouse has all but disappeared in the United States, but its importance in national memory remains unshakable. This engaging book examines the history of the one-room school and how successive generations of Americans have remembered—and just as often misremembered—this powerful national icon.Drawing on a rich range of sources, ...
Distilling Democracy
Alcohol Education in America's Public Schools, 1880-1925
Jonathan Zimmerman - Apr 20, 1999
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Drug and alcohol education in public schools may be important, but its authoritarian stance often invites skepticism among teachers and students alike. Yet this program has its roots not in modern bureaucracy or even Prohibition but in a social movement that flourished over a century ago.Scientific Temperance Instruction was the most successful gra...