Unformatted text preview: and adapted for use by the Catholic Church and governmental bodies. Because these schools operated on very small budgets and attempted to serve as many needy children as possible, economic factors were prominent in their design. • In the first half of the 19 th century, politicians ignored and avoided the number of social issues including the quality of public education. Other issues were slavery, women’s rights, and alcoholism. • In the 1830s the demand for free public education grew. • Education was important for creating an informed electorate: educated voters o Thomas Jefferson: “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be.”...
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