Education in Kentucky has developed slowly, and even now the state ranks low in the nation in providing public funds for the development of its human resources. In this book the author, who was president of the University of Kentucky from 1917 to 1940, traces the tortuous path of education in the state from the pioneer log schoolhouse to the modern universities of Kentucky and Louisville.
" The Gates Open Slowly is more than a history of Education in one State -- it is a realistic, practical philosophy based on many years of broad experience. Well documented, but easily read, the book is important for the following reasons: First, the author has capably and clearly presented the problems that faced the schools in their gradual development; second, Dr. McVey courageously advocates removal of the 'color line' in education; and third, it is by an experienced educator who has been a teacher, administrator, member of many educational survey groups, and president of two state universities." -- Dr. Elliott Polansky in Education, Boston