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By William E. Ellis

ISBN-10: 081312977X

ISBN-13: 9780813129778

Kentucky is nationally well known for horses, bourbon, wealthy normal assets, and regrettably, hindered by means of a poor academic method. although its attractiveness isn't continuously justified, in nationwide scores for grades K-12 and better schooling, Kentucky regularly ranks one of the lowest states in schooling investment, literacy, and pupil achievement.

In A History of schooling in Kentucky, William E. Ellis illuminates the successes and screw ups of private and non-private schooling within the commonwealth due to the fact that its cost. Ellis demonstrates how political leaders within the 19th century created a tradition that devalued public schooling and refused to appropriately fund it. He additionally analyzes efforts by way of academics and coverage makers to enact important reforms and identify sufficient, equivalent schooling, and discusses ongoing battles on the topic of spiritual guideline, integration, and the Kentucky schooling Reform Act (KERA).

A background of schooling in Kentucky is the one updated, single-volume heritage of schooling within the commonwealth. delivering greater than mere coverage research, this complete paintings tells the tale of passionate scholars, academics, and leaders who've labored for growth from the 1770s to the current day. regardless of the existing pessimism approximately schooling in Kentucky, Ellis recognizes symptoms of a colourful academic surroundings within the nation. by means of advocating a greater figuring out of the earlier, Ellis seems to be to the longer term and demanding situations Kentuckians to prevent historical disasters and construct on their successes.

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A superintendent of public instruction, appointed by the governor for a twoyear term, would be part of a state board of education, and the secretary of state and the attorney general would be its other members. County courts were to divide the counties into districts and “to take the sense of the legal voters” on the questions of forming a school system and levying taxes to support it. Each county could levy taxes equal to the amount from the School Fund received from the state. The State Board would appoint five commissioners in each county, in effect a county board, to oversee the schools.

Sonne examined the conflict played out in Kentucky during its earliest days as a state over the struggle for control of Transylvania University. 1 The designation college or university in the early nineteenth century did not mean that an institution with either title offered what would be considered today college-level coursework. Moreover, there were no state, regional, or national accreditation agencies. “Many Kentucky towns still have a College Street,” Lowell Harrison explained, “named for some long-ago educational institution.

He was like many leaders of that era in that his conservatism predominated over his more liberal side. For example, he feared that without educated voters, democratic excesses in America might overcome the republic. ” Moreover, Peers argued that government officials could do only so much if the people of the state did not support a public school system. In his book American Education: Our Strictures on the Nature, Necessity, and Practicability of a System of National Education, Suited to the United States, Peers made one last attempt to influence Kentucky and national educational policy.

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