A Teaching Life
Carol White’s first teaching job was to lay the
groundwork for the rest of her career – it was at the liberal and multicultural Wellington Technical College (later
Wellington High). She went on to teach at Kawerau and Northcote colleges before landing a job at Selwyn, where she became co-principal with John Kenny. Under their leadership, Selwyn College grew from a mainly middle-class Pakeha school to one that educated students from 57 countries and 80 ethnicities, babies through to octogenarians, with nearly half of them speaking English as a second language and a number of refugees.
Controversy dogged the school, with families, media and politicians blaming the `Selwyn way’ for everything from
so-called `race riots’ to `white flight’. But Carol’s approach was also welcomed by many as holistic and humanitarian, and she was made an ONZM for services to teaching.
A Teaching Life is a frank and thoughtful memoir that shows how Carol’s teaching philosophy grew out of an unusual childhood and a desire to give her students a safe place to learn and to heal. As the daughter of an often depressed and occasionally violent man, she knew the corroding effect of shame and fear. From her vegetarian theosophist mother, Carol learned the power of the non-traditional approach.
Born in 1940, Carol is retired now in Freemans Bay. She looks back on four tumultuous decades of teaching that for her have always been about nga tangata, the people.
|Dimensions||128 × 198 mm|
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