A History of Education in Kentucky (Topics in Kentucky by William E. Ellis

By William E. Ellis

Kentucky is nationally popular for horses, bourbon, wealthy traditional assets, and regrettably, hindered by way of a poor academic process. although its popularity isn't really continually justified, in nationwide scores for grades K-12 and better schooling, Kentucky continually 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 cost. Ellis demonstrates how political leaders within the 19th century created a tradition that devalued public schooling and refused to thoroughly fund it. He additionally analyzes efforts via lecturers and coverage makers to enact very important reforms and identify enough, equivalent schooling, and discusses ongoing battles on the topic of spiritual guideline, integration, and the Kentucky schooling Reform Act (KERA).

A historical past of schooling in Kentucky is the one up to date, single-volume background of schooling within the commonwealth. providing greater than mere coverage research, this entire paintings tells the tale of passionate scholars, lecturers, 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 kingdom. through advocating a greater realizing of the previous, Ellis appears to be like to the long run and demanding situations Kentuckians to prevent historical disasters and construct on their successes.

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45 Kentucky also became one of the leading western states in providing education for the blind. Bryce McLellan Patten, president of the Louisville Collegiate Institute, invited his brother Otis to teach a few blind students in afternoon classes, beginning in the summer of 1839. Two years later Patten tried to get the General Assembly to fund a blind school. In early 1842, the Patten brothers and several citizens of Louisville invited Samuel Gridley Howe, founder and director of the Perkins School for the Blind in Massachusetts, and four of his students to demonstrate methods of educating the blind.

With interest due on bonds sold for internal improvements, the commissioners decided to take any income from the school bonds. For the next three years, the commissioners continued this thievery, paying little back into the School Fund. 54 The 1840 census revealed the dilemma of Kentucky education, especially compared with education in Ohio, one of the states founded on the basis of the Land Ordinance of 1785 and the Northwest Ordinance. While both states had about the same number of students attending academies, Ohio’s total population was 1,519,500 and Kentucky’s was 779,828.

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.

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