By William E. Ellis
Kentucky is nationally popular for horses, bourbon, wealthy normal assets, and regrettably, hindered through a poor academic method. although its popularity isn't really constantly justified, in nationwide scores for grades K-12 and better schooling, Kentucky constantly 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 appropriately fund it. He additionally analyzes efforts through academics and coverage makers to enact very important reforms and determine enough, equivalent schooling, and discusses ongoing battles regarding spiritual guide, integration, and the Kentucky schooling Reform Act (KERA).
A heritage of schooling in Kentucky is the single up to date, single-volume historical past of schooling within the commonwealth. supplying greater than mere coverage research, this complete 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 country. by way of advocating a greater knowing of the earlier, Ellis seems to be to the long run and demanding situations Kentuckians to prevent old mess ups and construct on their successes.
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He was roundly condemned for pardoning his son Isaac, who had been sentenced by two local juries to hang for the murder of a Mississippi man. 18 A History of Education in Kentucky Desha took little notice of education except to support the forces seeking the ouster of Horace Holley, a New England Unitarian who had assumed the presidency of Transylvania University in 1818. Orthodox Christians in the state had mounted an attack on the liberal Holley. Desha, capitalizing on their position and that of other enemies of education, saw to it that Holley’s salary was reduced by $1,000.
52 Like previous education laws in the commonwealth, this one failed to work because it was simply unenforceable. First and foremost, the majority of Kentuckians did not see a real need for common schools. Isolation, localism, and a plain lack of interest defeated the reformist impulse. The state 22 A History of Education in Kentucky superintendent was little more than an office clerk, a record keeper without power to enforce the new law. Moreover, the all-powerful county courts did not want to give up any control over their “little kingdoms” to other bodies.
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.