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    Former Teacher Admits to Being Illiterate

    I don't know if this would currently be possible but an individual, John Corcoran graduated from college and taught high school for 17 years without being able to read, write or spell.

    He stole tests and persuaded 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.


    "I passed a bluebook out the window to a friend I painstakingly copied four essay questions off the board in U.S. government class that was required, and hoped my friend would get it back to me with the right answers," Corcoran said.

    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.


    "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.

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    Retired Teacher Reveals He Was Illiterate Until Age 48 - San Diego News Story - KGTV San Diego


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    Re: Former Teacher Admits to Being Illiterate

    I have worked with kids who have trouble reading, and it doesn't seem unreasonable that he could fake his way through all of that. What does seem a bit out there is that he was able to learn to read at a sixth grade level within a year of private tutoring. If someone goes their entire life without being able to read signs as the article indicates, they have a pretty severe reading disability, not something that gets fixed in one year.


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    So alothough you attempt"ed to say you didn"t understnad, now you do. Fair enough?

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    Re: Former Teacher Admits to Being Illiterate

    Actually, I taught remedial reading for 4 years, and it's amazingly easy to teach most illiterate people. (including a few guys that didn't read at level 1 on the GRE levels)

    I only ran into a few people that were actually severely reading disabled. Which leads me to believe that perhaps the number of people defined as learning disabled may be overblown and perhaps the leading cause of illiteracy is good old fashioned laziness and sloth. (By students and teachers alike)

    What amazed me the most about my students, is how much effort they put into "faking" being able to read, and the large number of work-arounds in use.

    I'd say the leading cause of illiteracy among my students was "It's not important to me/I don't see a use for it, so why try?"

    But when presented to them visually, orally and by facile means, nearly all of them responded quickly to competent instruction. One guy went from level 3 to getting his GRE in about 3 months. Level 1 to 6 is not that big of a jump.



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    Re: Former Teacher Admits to Being Illiterate

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    Actually, I taught remedial reading for 4 years, and it's amazingly easy to teach most illiterate people. (including a few guys that didn't read at level 1 on the GRE levels)

    I only ran into a few people that were actually severely reading disabled. Which leads me to believe that perhaps the number of people defined as learning disabled may be overblown and perhaps the leading cause of illiteracy is good old fashioned laziness and sloth. (By students and teachers alike)

    What amazed me the most about my students, is how much effort they put into "faking" being able to read, and the large number of work-arounds in use.

    I'd say the leading cause of illiteracy among my students was "It's not important to me/I don't see a use for it, so why try?"

    But when presented to them visually, orally and by facile means, nearly all of them responded quickly to competent instruction. One guy went from level 3 to getting his GRE in about 3 months. Level 1 to 6 is not that big of a jump.
    Can I be the first to ask, is there anything Phaedrus hasn't done??? I'm going to start making up news stories just to see if you've perhaps done that at some point in your past. "Man finds frozen caveman baby in gallon of ice cream". Phaedrus: "You know, I used to be a frozen cave man baby, and let me tell you..."


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    Re: Former Teacher Admits to Being Illiterate

    What bugs me is that this guy basically misbehaved all through grade school to get out of class, cheated his way through high school and college, then had the audacity to cheat while purporting to TEACH young people.

    So who does he blame for his illiteracy? The school system. Way to take personal responsibilty there, buddy!


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    Re: Former Teacher Admits to Being Illiterate

    Quote Originally Posted by c.y.c.l.o.n.e.s View Post
    What bugs me is that this guy basically misbehaved all through grade school to get out of class, cheated his way through high school and college, then had the audacity to cheat while purporting to TEACH young people.

    So who does he blame for his illiteracy? The school system. Way to take personal responsibilty there, buddy!
    agreed. absolutely no remorse for anyone who couldn't/didn't study and decided to cheat there way through. how dumb can you be to cheat in school and then blame the system for you not learning something? there are some unbelievable people in this world...

    BTW - best thing about any threads written about him: he won't be able to read what we say about him...



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    Re: Former Teacher Admits to Being Illiterate

    You know, having a "diversified background" may sound neat, but trust me, there are a lot of tears shed during my little "journey".

    To summarize the jobs I've held, in my journey to "find myself":

    -Farmhand
    -Landscaping
    -Grave digger
    -Truck driver
    -Soldier
    to include:
    -Artilleryman
    -Machinegunner
    -Tank operator
    -Intelligence
    -Chemical Warfare
    -Interrogator
    -Airfield Transportation Specialist
    -Reconnaisance
    -Civil Affairs
    -Tac Team leader
    -Laundryman
    -Bartender
    -Waiter
    -Housepainter
    -Dancer (Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Exotic)
    -Singer
    -Event Coordinator
    -Pharmacy Tech
    -Retail management
    -Restaurant management
    -Pizza delivery
    -Paralegal/investigator
    -Rent-a-Cop
    -Horse trainer
    -Cowboy
    -Art sales
    -Airplane mechanic
    -Military contractor
    -Teacher
    -Shooting coach
    -Car rebuilder
    -Airplane salvage, ummm, "deal-greaser"
    -Housecleaner
    -Cook
    -Writer
    -Researcher (for more things than I can recount in an internet post)
    Late addition:
    -Motorcycle salesman/tech rep
    -translator

    Oddly enough, my work as a writer has been THE highest paying gig, as well as one of my longest, in any one job. But my work as a writer has been very, very diverse, which keeps me from getting bored.

    My inability to stick with one thing has hurt my ability to live in one place, but my wife somehow managed to stick around through it all.

    (The above list may have left something out. I reserve the right to correct it at a later date.)


    Last edited by Phaedrus; 02-18-2008 at 10:46 AM. Reason: Added motorcycle salesman/tech rep & translator

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    Re: Former Teacher Admits to Being Illiterate

    That's an impressive resume to be sure. Just to make it known, I wasn't trying to be demeaning, I was just poking fun, as I'm sure you know.

    Whoa whoa whoa, I just read that list again. Can we stop and focus on the Exotic dancer part, there's got to be a story there!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post

    -Pizza delivery
    -Horse trainer
    Been both of those myself, and would still be if either paid anything close to engineering. Is it sad that I found pizza delivery one of the most enjoyable gigs I've ever had? probably, but oh well.



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    Quote Originally Posted by cmoneyr View Post
    That's an impressive resume to be sure. Just to make it known, I wasn't trying to be demeaning, I was just poking fun, as I'm sure you know.

    Whoa whoa whoa, I just read that list again. Can we stop and focus on the Exotic dancer part, there's got to be a story there!
    You can BE demeaning, if you'd like. I'd deserve it. I have had so many jobs because I used to get bored, and would just move on to try something else.

    I had a car wreck a few years back, had a head injury, and quit being so flighty.

    There is more than one good story behind the male exotic dancer thing. For a period of time, I didn't pay money for *anything*. I had more than a few older female "benefactors." You = do the math. In my mispent youth, I was, in the vernacular, "a hottie".



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    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    Been both of those myself, and would still be if either paid anything close to engineering. Is it sad that I found pizza delivery one of the most enjoyable gigs I've ever had? probably, but oh well.
    Seriously, when I retire, I will deliver pizza again. I just love visiting people's houses, interacting with them and cruising around town listening to the radio, with not a care in the world.

    Plus, the money is good for a no-commitment job.



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    Re: Former Teacher Admits to Being Illiterate

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    There is more than one good story behind the male exotic dancer thing. For a period of time, I didn't pay money for *anything*. I had more than a few older female "benefactors." You = do the math. In my mispent youth, I was, in the vernacular, "a hottie".
    wow. I feel numb after reading that. hell of a post to start a Monday morning



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    Re: Former Teacher Admits to Being Illiterate

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    Seriously, when I retire, I will deliver pizza again. I just love visiting people's houses, interacting with them and cruising around town listening to the radio, with not a care in the world.

    Plus, the money is good for a no-commitment job.
    totally



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