Chapter

Going to School

James C. Klotter and Freda C. Klotter

in A Concise History of Kentucky

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780813124988
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135298 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124988.003.0011
Going to School

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Because people at the frontier initially had to fight for their lives, shifting attention to setting up schools seemed to be of less importance at that time. However, in spite of the many risks and dangers surrounding them, people valued education as teachers persisted in holding classes at forts and in rough schools. Even after Kentucky's statehood, legislators did not think that the state should directly finance schools, and education was viewed to be a privilege. Private schools, referred to as academies, were set up, and students there were required to pay tuition. Compared to other states, Kentucky also facilitated schools for slaves and girls. The lack of appropriate funding posed problems for about a century until it was addressed by the government. Also many special schools were established. The chapter also looks into the setup of schools in the twentieth century onwards.

Keywords: schools; education; government; academies; tuition; slaves; girls; funding; twentieth century

Chapter.  5174 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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