Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Lee Jones, Gordon Wilson, Finley Grise

Degree Program

School of Teacher Education

Degree Type

Master of Arts


In the decade (1920-1930) that followed numerous textbooks as such appeared for the teacher of speech, and courses in public speaking were added to high school curriculums in many states.

In Kentucky, in 1929, the State Department of Public Education advised and urged the high schools to add this course to their curriculum and to encourage all students to take it. Many of the high schools established separate departments for this course; others added it to their courses in English. Nearly all the Smith-Hughes High Schools, which were established in 1917, require training in public speaking.

Since direct world communication has been made possible by the advance of science, the need for training in the use of the spoken word is now a necessity for all peoples.

There is reason to believe that educators, in recognizing this need, have borne in mind a general objective of "Speech Education for all American Youth." Kentucky schools have pursued this objective since 1929. Courses in this valuable training have been added to Kentucky high school curriculums and encouragement has been given to the students who pursue them.


Communication | Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Secondary Education | Speech and Rhetorical Studies