By William E. Ellis
Kentucky is nationally popular for horses, bourbon, wealthy normal assets, and regrettably, hindered by way of a poor academic process. even though its acceptance isn't really consistently justified, in nationwide scores 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 cost. Ellis demonstrates how political leaders within the 19th century created a tradition that devalued public schooling and refused to properly fund it. He additionally analyzes efforts by way of lecturers and coverage makers to enact important reforms and determine sufficient, equivalent schooling, and discusses ongoing battles concerning spiritual guide, integration, and the Kentucky schooling Reform Act (KERA).
A historical past of schooling in Kentucky is the one up to date, single-volume heritage of schooling within the commonwealth. delivering 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 nation. through advocating a greater knowing of the previous, Ellis seems to be to the long run and demanding situations Kentuckians to prevent ancient mess ups and construct on their successes.