Elementary and Secondary Education from World War II to the Threshold of Major Reform

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:
Elementary and Secondary Education from World War II to the Threshold of Major Reform

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From the beginning of World War II, elementary and secondary education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky struggled to keep up with national trends. Casting its lot with the South after the Civil War handicapped the state educationally, particularly in “following the color line”. As throughout Kentucky's educational history, there were, from time to time, moments of reform followed by regression. World War II once again stretched Kentucky's educational institutions to the limits. The improved economic conditions of wartime prosperity, coupled with manpower shortages, ended the need for New Deal programs such as the PWA, the WPA, the CCC, the NYA, and others, many of which had enhanced education in Kentucky. Throughout Kentucky's history, its schools had labored to keep up with national trends and norms. Consolidation and merger of the public schools of the commonwealth proceeded at an increasing rate and scale throughout the post-World War II era.

Keywords: elementary education; secondary education; Kentucky; World War II; reform; public schools

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Subjects: History of the Americas

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