Author(s): Mary Ellen O'Connor
Salisbury School - A Lesson in Special Education is the first published history of a residential special school and covers more than 90 years, from the school's establishment in 1916 to today. But it is also much more. Salisbury School is an exploration of the complexities of this period - the social currents, popular philosophies and political trends that impacted on educational thinking and, in turn, on special education. These two strands are rendered in a boxed and unboxed format which also accommodates wide readership.
What began as Richmond Special School teaching domestic arts and a very simplified curriculum, developed over time into Te Whanau o Salisbury. In this totally integrated residential and classroom environment, girls with learning disabilities tackle the national curriculum and are actively supported to reach their full potential. Salisbury School - A Lesson in Special Education makes the case for the retention of residential special education as a necessary complement to mainstreaming.