Recently, the Arizona legislature passed the nation’s most extensive school voucher program, combined with a reduction in public school spending. The program is part of a trend of increasing education freedom in many states. Could this reflect a departure from the more than 150-year-long bipartisan support for public schools? The German Model
Most people are unaware that, until the 1840s, almost all education in America was in the form of religious and other private schools or homeschooling, which produced a population with a higher literacy rate than today. Author John Taylor Gatto documented that the public school system adopted at the dawn of the Progressive Era (1896–1916) was imported from militaristic and authoritarian Prussia in Europe. Since then, both Republicans and Democrats have had a love affair with public schools. Coming Apart However, in 1970, many Americans on b...
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