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A History of Education in Kentucky
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Kentucky is nationally renowned for horses, bourbon, rich natural resources, and unfortunately, hindered by a deficient educational system. Though its reputation is not always justified, in national rankings for grades K-12 and higher education, Kentucky consistently ranks among the lowest states in education funding, literacy, and student achievement. 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Series page
  2. p. ii
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  1. Title page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Dedication
  2. p. v
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface
  2. p. ix
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  1. Part 1. 1775 to the Beginning of the Civil War
  2. p. 1
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  1. Chapter 1. Tragedies, Blunders, and Promises: Creating a Public School System
  2. pp. 3-36
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  1. Chapter 2. The Early History of Higher Education
  2. pp. 37-61
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  1. Part 2. The Civil War to 1900
  2. p. 63
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  1. Chapter 3. Elementary and Secondary Education
  2. pp. 65-107
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  1. Chapter 4. Higher Education in an Age of Flux
  2. pp. 108-142
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  1. Part 3. 1900 to 1941
  2. p. 143
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  1. Chapter 5. Elementary and Secondary Education from the Progressive Era to World War II
  2. pp. 145-220
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  1. Chapter 6. Higher Education in the New Century
  2. pp. 221-268
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  1. Photos
  2. pp. 264-265
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  1. Part 4. World War II to the Mid-1980s
  2. p. 269
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  1. Chapter 7. Elementary and Secondary Education from World War II to the Threshold of Major Reform
  2. pp. 271-334
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  1. Chapter 8. Higher Education
  2. pp. 335-400
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  1. Epilogue. Whither Education in Kentucky?
  2. pp. 401-423
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 425-490
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 491-515
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