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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The teacher who couldn't read or write

Of course he's a public school teacher in California.

John Corcoran graduated from college and taught high school for 17 years without being able to read, write or spell.
He cheated his way through high school, receiving his diploma in June 1956.

He stole tests and pursuaded friends to complete his assignments. Corcoran earned an athletic scholarship to Texas Western College. He said his cheating intensified, claiming he cheated in every class.
In 1961, Corcoran graduated with a bachelor's degree in education, while still illiterate he contends. He then went on to become a teacher during a teacher shortage.

"When I graduated from the university, the school district in El Paso, where I went to school, gave almost all the college education graduates a job," said Corcoran. For 17 years Corcoran taught high school for the Oceanside School District. Relying on teacher's assistants for help and oral lesson plans, he said he did a great job at teaching his students.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

They say those who can, do, and those who can't, teach.

11:13 AM  

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