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University Press of Kentucky, Mar 12, 2013 - History - 308 pages

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.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Launching a Life
16
Chapter 2 Voice of Emigration
42
Chapter 3 Voice of Purpose
61
Chapter 4 The Silver Tongued Orator of the West
87
Chapter 5 Voice of Equality
107
Chapter 6 Radical Voice
130
Chapter 7 Voice of Dissent
156
Chapter 8 Voice of Betrayal
171
Chapter 9 A Still Voice
196
Chapter 10 A Painted Lie
225
Acknowledgments
234
Notes
238
Selected Bibliography
291
Index
296
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Nikki M. Taylor, associate professor of History at the University of Cincinnati, is author of Frontiers of Freedom: Cincinnati's Black Community, 1802--1868, and coauthor of A History of African Americans.

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