By William E. Ellis
Kentucky is nationally popular for horses, bourbon, wealthy ordinary assets, and regrettably, hindered by way of a poor academic procedure. although its acceptance isn't regularly justified, in nationwide ratings for grades K-12 and better schooling, Kentucky continuously ranks one of the lowest states in schooling investment, literacy, and scholar 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 its payment. Ellis demonstrates how political leaders within the 19th century created a tradition that devalued public schooling and refused to effectively fund it. He additionally analyzes efforts through lecturers and coverage makers to enact very important reforms and identify enough, equivalent schooling, and discusses ongoing battles with regards to non secular guideline, 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 complete paintings tells the tale of passionate scholars, academics, 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 symptoms of a colourful academic surroundings within the country. via advocating a greater figuring out of the prior, Ellis seems to the longer term and demanding situations Kentuckians to prevent old mess ups and construct on their successes.
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56 The school law of 1838 established numerous standards, both positive and negative, that guided public school education in the commonwealth for more than a century. The creation of the State Board of Education and county boards set precedents that continue to the present. Each county was to be divided into convenient districts, ranging from no fewer than thirty students to as many as one hundred, in effect a single school in each district. Lawmakers hoped that such small districts would encourage parent involvement and local pride.
66. ” In what Tom Clark called “one of Kentucky’s public scandals” and what University of Kentucky president Frank L. ” This cowardly statute ordered all bonds held by the Board of Educa- Creating a Public School System 23 tion to be turned over to the governor so that he could burn them in the presence of the state auditor and the state treasurer. 56 The school law of 1838 established numerous standards, both positive and negative, that guided public school education in the commonwealth for more than a century.
82 It was past time for Breckinridge to move on. For all his bombast, though, he had done what no one else could have done in the late 1840s and early 1850s: he bridged the gap between the old system of education in Kentucky and the new. And he set a precedent for a strong state superintendency. He wisely saw that Kentucky had a long way to go to develop an adequate common school system. Called the Kentucky “Horace Mann” by the Louisville Morning Courier at the end of his tenure and “the father of the public school system in Kentucky” by James C.
A History of Education in Kentucky (Topics in Kentucky History) by William E. Ellis