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Tragedies, Blunders, and Promises

William E. Ellis

in A History of Education in Kentucky

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780813129778
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135724 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813129778.003.0001
Tragedies, Blunders, and Promises

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Much has been written about the early exploration, settlement, and conquest of Kentucky. From the earliest days of settlement in “Kentucke”, there were children to be educated. Elementary, or grammar, school education began early. The academy system presented failed because there were too few academies created, and they were not always situated in the right places. Also the land grant academy system utterly failed to create the funding necessary for an adequate elementary and secondary public school system statewide. The most positive outcome of the land grant system is that several of the more successful academies evolved into colleges. If public education in Kentucky in the first third of the nineteenth century, particularly in the more rural counties, lagged behind education in the rest of the nation, there were some signs of progressivism with the chartering of state-supported schools for the deaf and the blind. The school law of 1838 established numerous standards, both positive and negative, that guided public school education in the commonwealth for more than a century.

Keywords: Kentucky; public school system; public school education; land grant academy system; deaf; blind

Chapter.  15856 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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