Nathan Glazer

    Author Bio:
    Nathan Glazer is professor emeritus of sociology and education at Harvard University and a contributing editor of The New Republic. A leading authority on issues of race, immigration, urban development and social policy in the United states, he is the author of numerous books including We Are All Multiculturalists Now, Beyond the Melting Pot and The Lonely Crowd (with David Riesman). He also wrote the oft-cited article “Schools of the Minor Professions.” Glazer was formerly an assistant editor of Commentary magazine and a co-editor of The Public Interest, as well as being a past professor of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. He has held Guggenheim Fellowships and Fulbright grants, been granted honorary degrees by a number of colleges and universities, and has served on Presidential task forces on education and urban policy and the National Academy of Science’s committees on urban policy and minority issues. Glazer holds a Ph. D. in sociology from Columbia University, a master’s in anthropology and linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of special studies from the City College of New York.


Race and Poverty in Baltimore

A review of “The Long Shadow” by Karl Alexander, Doris Entwisle, and Linda Olson

Spring 2015 / Vol. 15, No. 2

The Force Behind Sisulu-Walker

A review of Mary C. Bounds’ “A Light Shines in Harlem: New York’s First Charter School and the Movement It Led”

WINTER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 1

Catholic School Closures and the Decline of Urban Neighborhoods

A review of ‘Lost Classroom, Lost Community’ by Margaret F. Brinig and Nicole Stelle Garnett

FALL 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 4

No Progress Report

A review of Christina Hoff Sommers’ ‘The War Against Boys’

SUMMER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 3

The San Diego Story

A review of Tilting at Windmills: School Reform, San Diego, and America’s Race to Renew Public Education by Richard Lee Colvin

WINTER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 1

Underachieving in America

Researchers document international gaps, a journalist seeks the cause

SPRING 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 2

Cultural Exchange

“The Immigrant Advantage: What We Can Learn from Newcomers to America about Health, Happiness, and Hope” by Claudia Kolker, as reviewed by Nathan Glazer

FALL 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 4

To YouTube and Beyond

“The One World School House” by Salman Khan, as reviewed by Nathan Glazer.

SUMMER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 3

Action Civics

A review of No Citizen Left Behind by Meira Levinson

Spring 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 2

Belmont and Fishtown Part Ways

A review of Charles Murray’s Coming Apart

WINTER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 1

Grading the President

With Race to the Top, Obama earns a B+ in ed reform

FALL 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 4

Moynihan Redux

Sadly, still more single-parent families. A review of Mitch Pearlstein’s “Shortchanging Student Achievement: The Educational, Economic, and Social Costs of Family Fragmentation”

SUMMER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 3

Great Teachers in the Classroom?

It depends on raising the competence of a workforce of millions

SPRING 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

Green Dot Takeover

The Locke school story leaves questions unanswered

WINTER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 1

Cautionary Tale

Review of Schoolhouse of Cards by Eugene Hickok and Collision Course by Paul Manna

Fall 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 4

Whatever Happened to Integration?

Review of Five Miles Away, A World Apart by James E. Ryan

Summer 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 3

E Pluribus Plures

Review of Jeffrey E. Mirel’s Patriotic Pluralism

Winter 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 1

Lessons from a Reformer

Review of Larry Cuban’s As Good As It Gets

Fall 2010 / Vol. 10, No. 4

Equal Knowledge

Review of E. D. Hirsch Jr.’s The Making of Americans

Summer 2010 / Vol. 10, No. 3

Tale of Two Cities

Review of Gerald Grant’s Hope and Despair in the ?American City

Spring 2010 / Vol. 10, No. 2

Examining a Massacre

Columbine by Dave Cullen
As reviewed by Nathan Glazer

Winter 2010 / Vol. 10, No. 1

Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell

The answer may be luck, genes, and more

Fall 2009 / Vol. 9, No. 4

Finding the Right Remedy

When court-ordered magnet schools don’t work, try charters

Spring 2009 / Vol. 9, No. 2

Purposeful Youth

Is it asking too much?

Winter 2009 / Vol. 9, No. 1

Something’s Better Than Nothing

Why technology in education doesn’t need to be very good

Fall 2008 / Vol. 8, No. 4

Preschool Politics

States’ efforts to reach the very young

Summer 2008 / Vol. 8, No. 3

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

An honest look at union hero Albert Shanker

Spring 2008 / Vol. 8, No. 2

Inside the Testing Factory

Some schools make it work

Winter 2008 / Vol. 8, No. 1

Three Rs and a V

Schools should teach the importance of voting

Summer 2007 / Vol. 7, No. 3

The “Crits” Capture Presidential Power

Top Education researchers denounce scientific research

Winter 2007 / Vol. 7, No. 1

Beyond the Melting Pot

Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers

By Kwame Anthony Appiah

Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny

By Amartya Sen

Fall 2006 / Vol. 6, No. 4

Seasons Change

The shifting make-up of society and schools has already undermined the common culture

Fall 2001 / Vol. 1, No. 3

The Newest Americans

Who Are We? The Challenges to America’s National Identity By Samuel P. Huntington

Fall 2004 / Vol. 4, No. 4

The Softening of American Education

Hard America, Soft America: Competition vs. Coddling and the Battle for the Nation’s Future By Michael Barone

Winter 2005 / Vol. 5, No. 1

A Method to His Mastery

Leave No Child Behind: Preparing Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s World By James P. Comer, M.D. Foreword by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Spring 2005 / Vol. 4, No. 2

Training Teachers

The Trouble with Ed Schools By David F. Labaree

Summer 2005 / Vol. 5, No. 3

God: Another Four-Letter Word?

Does God Belong in Public Schools? By Kent Greenawalt Princeton University Press, 2005, $29.95; 261 pages. Between Memory and Vision: The Case for Faith-Based Schooling By Steven C. Vryhof Foreword by Charles Glenn William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2004, $22.00; 181 pages. Reviewed by Nathan Glazer These are two very different books on the role […]

Fall 2005 / Vol. 5, No. 4

Color Me Purple

Colormute: Race Talk Dilemmas in an American School by MICA POLLOCK

Winter 2006 / Vol. 6, No. 1

The Reagan Revolution in Sweden

The Market Comes to Education in Sweden: An Evaluation of Sweden's Surprising School Reforms by ANDERS BJORKLUND, MELISSA A. CLARK, PER-ANDERS EDIN, PETER FREDRIKSSON, AND ALAN B. KRUEGER

Summer 2006 / Vol. 6, No. 3

The Joy of Gaming

Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter By Steven Johnson Riverhead Books, 2005, $23.95; 238 pages. As reviewed by Nathan Glazer Everything Bad Is Good for You. Is this title a joke? The subtitle suggests it could be. And the book’s epigraph is from the movie Sleeper, […]

Spring 2006 / Vol. 6, No. 2

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