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Teach FM: Schools are Stuck in the 19th Century–But Not in the Way You Think
Civics

Teach FM: Schools are Stuck in the 19th Century–But Not in the Way You Think

You often hear that the public education system is stuck in the 19th century. I agree, but not in the…
A Cartoonish Look at Urban Education in the 19th Century
Equity

A Cartoonish Look at Urban Education in the 19th Century

Vouchers and school choice movements are not new.  Let’s see what history can teach us about them. Thomas Nast’s cartoons…
Protecting Public Schools…from the Vatican?
Charter Schools

Protecting Public Schools…from the Vatican?

As public education spread in 19th century cities, many feared that private interests were trying to undermine schools’ public purpose.  In particular, the…
Education Reform, Boss Tweed-Style
History + Politics

Education Reform, Boss Tweed-Style

This 1871 cartoon by Thomas Nast shows the ever-corrupt Boss Tweed raiding a public school classroom, his cronies throwing out…
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