Arts + Letters
January 17, 2017
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…
December 8, 2016
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…
History + Politics
November 16, 2016
A Perfect Picture of Where We’re At Post-Election–and Why Education is So Important.
Literacy is necessary to democracy. As we’ve seen, literacy has been used to deny American the right to vote. In…
October 5, 2016
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…