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By William E. Ellis
Kentucky is nationally well known for horses, bourbon, wealthy usual assets, and regrettably, hindered by means of a poor academic method. even though its popularity isn't really consistently justified, in nationwide scores for grades K-12 and better schooling, Kentucky continually 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 on the grounds that its payment. Ellis demonstrates how political leaders within the 19th century created a tradition that devalued public schooling and refused to correctly fund it. He additionally analyzes efforts by means of lecturers and coverage makers to enact important reforms and identify enough, equivalent schooling, and discusses ongoing battles with regards to non secular guide, integration, and the Kentucky schooling Reform Act (KERA).
A heritage of schooling in Kentucky is the single updated, single-volume historical past of schooling within the commonwealth. supplying greater than mere coverage research, this entire paintings tells the tale of passionate scholars, lecturers, and leaders who've labored for development from the 1770s to the current day. regardless of the existing pessimism approximately schooling in Kentucky, Ellis recognizes indicators of a colourful academic surroundings within the kingdom. by means of advocating a greater realizing of the prior, Ellis appears to be like to the long run and demanding situations Kentuckians to prevent historical mess ups and construct on their successes.
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The Kentucky Education Association, planned by a group of educators in Louisville, met for the first time in that city in late December 1857. However, the Civil War intervened before the organization could do much to promote education in the commonwealth. 50 Many of Kentucky’s leaders understood that neither the Literary Fund of 1821 nor the 1830 act had much impact on the state. Governor James Clark (1836–1839), in his first message on December 6, 1836, asked the General Assembly to consider establishing a common school system.
Subsequent laws in 1845 and 1859 enlarged the independent-district system so that it applied to more towns and even to parts of some counties. The 1838 law primarily was intended to protect the surplus fund and its income; it neither proposed nor defined what a common school should do. Most schools met for three months at most, although some extended a bit longer by subscription. Completion of the fourth grade was considered to be terminal in the common schools of the time. ”58 Teaching was not much advanced by the new law.
In 1814 the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth organized a girls’ school on a farm in Nelson County. 34 Like Kentucky’s constitutions, the earliest governors and state legislators took little notice of education. After all, there was a frontier to civilize and a Native American population to subdue and supplant. From the base in central Kentucky, white settlements spread in all directions. As the better land was swallowed up by slave-owners and speculators, poorer settlers filled up unclaimed land in the Appalachian Mountains.
A History of Education in Kentucky (Topics in Kentucky History) by William E. Ellis