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He blamed everyone else and takes no responsibility himself.
on January 27, 2006
This is the story of John Corcoran who learned to read later in life. He blamed the school system and his teachers who failed him in many ways. However, does this justify the fact that he cheated his way through school and even broke into a professor's office in college? THEN he became a teacher who used his students to do his job as a teacher. I can sympathize with him when was a kid. It must have been painful. But let's be real, as an adult, he was afraid someone would discover he couldn't read and he would have lost his job as a TEACHER. He could have taken some responsibility for his education by getting into the car and employing a tutor in a neighboring town. He even used his wife in the "cover up".
What really got me about this man who made it very clear that his teachers were the reason for his illiteracy was that he became a teacher himself. Just how many students did he affect in his teaching career? If I had been a student of his, I would have felt cheated by him. He is more guilty than those who failed him. He got his job through cheating, lying, deception, and even breaking the law.
I think I would have had more sympathy for him if he had been a businessman who learned to read later in life -- but he was employed as a teacher. How many students did he help with their studies? This is not a person who should be admired, in my opinion. I would have admired him if he would have gotten a tutor or attended adult ed. classes during his college years.