In A History of Education in Kentucky, William E. Ellis illuminates the successes and failures of public and private education in the commonwealth since its settlement. Ellis demonstrates how political leaders in the nineteenth century created a culture that devalued public education and refused to adequately fund it. He also analyzes efforts by teachers and policy makers to enact vital reforms and establish adequate, equal education, and discusses ongoing battles related to religious instruction, integration, and the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA).
A History of Education in Kentucky is the only up-to-date, single-volume history of education in the commonwealth. Offering more than mere policy analysis, this comprehensive work tells the story of passionate students, teachers, and leaders who have worked for progress from the 1770s to the present day. Despite the prevailing pessimism about education in Kentucky, Ellis acknowledges signs of a vibrant educational atmosphere in the state. By advocating a better understanding of the past, Ellis looks to the future and challenges Kentuckians to avoid historic failures and build on their successes.
About the Author
Table of Contents
Map of Kentucky Counties xii
Part 1 1775 to the Beginning of the Civil War
Chapter 1 Tragedies, Blunders, and Promises: Creating a Public School System 3
Chapter 2 The Early History of Higher Education 37
Part 2 The Civil War to 1900
Chapter 3 Elementary and Secondary Education 65
Chapter 4 Higher Education in an Age of Flux 108
Part 3 1900 to 1941
Chapter 5 Elementary and Secondary Education from the Progressive Era to World War II 145
Chapter 6 Higher Education in the New Century 221
Part 4 World War II to the Mid‐1980s
Chapter 7 Elementary and Secondary Education from World War II to the Threshold of Major Reform 271
Chapter 8 Higher Education 335
Epilogue: Whither Education in Kentucky? 401
What People are Saying About This
This book is a tour-de-force. The writing sparks with verve and fire. No course on the history of Kentucky, or on the history of education taught in Kentucky, should be without it. (William J. Morison, author of The University of Louisville)
""This book is a tour-de-force. The writing sparks with verve and fire. No course on the history of Kentucky, or on the history of education taught in Kentucky, should be without it."William J. Morison, author of The University of Louisville"