Miles E. Cary

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Miles E. Cary, principal of McKinley High School in Honolulu from 1924 to 1948.

In a Honolulu Advertiser article date July 2, 2006, Beverly Creamer wrote of Carey's belief in educating the sons and daughters of plantation laborer's:

Adhering to John Dewey's belief in democratic individualism, and social and civic responsibility, Cary established an education system at McKinley based around not just the academic "Three Rs," but health-building, participation in home life, citizenship, proper use of leisure time and character-building.
Cary's belief that the children of Hawai'i's plantation laborers should be encouraged to achieve academically was unpopular with the white elite, but his contention that public schools could train leaders as effectively as private schools found fertile ground. Gov. George Ariyoshi, former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Masaji Marumoto, real-estate developer Chinn Ho and U.S. Sen. Hiram Fong were just a few of the thousands he inspired. [1]

External links

  • Creamer, Beverly. Miles E. Cary Honolulu Advertiser, July 2, 2006.


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