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February 13, 2008

Retired Teacher John Corcoran Says He Was Illiterate Until Age 48

Posted in: Academy,Bizarre,Child Welfare,Education

The irony is not lost in the following story and the education system in the US. He obviously did not know how to spell edumacation, or read and write but did he know arithmetic

John Corcoran, a retired school teacher who  taught high school for 17 years without being able to read, write or spell. A teacher who cheated his way into a position of teaching children. Great!!!

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.

“What I did was I created an oral and visual environment. There wasn’t the written word in there. I always had two or three teacher’s assistants in each class to do board work or read the bulletin,” said Corcoran.

In retrospect, Corcoran said, his deceit took him a long time to accept.


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