Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Lee Jones, Finley Grise

Degree Program

School of Teacher Education

Degree Type

Master of Arts


With the advent of the free public high school, there has been a thirty-fold increase in secondary school enrollment in the last fifty years. If we are to maintain and improve the quality of our democracy, it is essential that education have the primary purpose of meeting the needs of these students. “Consequently, the school program must be planned in terms of pupil needs and in relation to goals that are important to the students themselves. Activities and experiences must be provided which afford practice in all areas of democratic living, which are aimed at the improvement of life in the community, and which are meaningful to youths in terms of their problems, both common and individual. An educational program developed along these lines will stress factors other than academic courses and subject centered materials.” [Williams, et al.] “The dual purpose of the high school in preparing the individual for the actualities of life, on the one hand, and the preparation for college on the other is recognized.” [Hudson]

In making this study of the graduates of the three high schools of Bullitt County, it would seem desirable to know something of the community. “Bullitt County, located in north central Kentucky, a few miles south of Louisville, has an area of 308 square miles. It is bounded on the north by Jefferson County, on the east by Spencer County, on the south by Nelson County, and on the west by Hardin County. The Fort Knox Military Reservation engulfs a large portion of the western section of the county. The county is strictly agricultural and residential. The proximity to Louisville offers employment opportunities to many persons. Recent statistics show that there are 1,062 farms in the county; however, a large portion of th eland cannot be classified as good farming land.” [Tincher & Anderson]


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