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A Concise History of Kentucky$
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James C. Klotter and Freda C. Klotter

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124988

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124988.001.0001

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Going to School

Going to School

(p.183) Chapter Eleven Going to School
A Concise History of Kentucky

James C. Klotter

Freda C. Klotter

University Press of Kentucky

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

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