Andrew Simmons

Andrew Simmons is a writer, teacher, and musician based in California. He has written for The New York Times, Slate, and The Believer. His site is

Victorian homes on a grassy hill with the San Francisco skyline in the background

The Elusive Teacher Next Door

Many educators cannot afford to live in the districts where they work, which is detrimental to school cohesion.

Not Everyone Can Afford the On-Campus College Experience

Living away from home for college offers lasting benefits. But that option is available to an increasingly privileged few.

The Danger of Telling Poor Kids That College Is the Key to Social Mobility

Higher education should be promoted as an opportunity to experience an intellectual awakening.