Vouchers and school choice movements are not new. Let’s see what history can teach us about them.
Thomas Nast’s cartoons from the 1800s are well-known, transcending time–in part–because they are so darn popular on U.S. history exams. Nevertheless, Nast’s cartoons about education provide a wonderful glimpse at the origins and tensions of public education as it was taking root in post-Civil War America. Check out the cartoons below. As you read through them, ask yourself: What issues have changed and what has remained the same since these cartoons were drawn? Look at the images closely. The closer you look the more you learn.