The Teacher Who Couldn't Read: One Man's Triumph Over Illiteracy

The Teacher Who Couldn't Read: One Man's Triumph Over Illiteracy

by John Corcoran


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Although he graduated from high school and college and went on to become a secondary school teacher, John Corcoran functioned in life without the basic skills of reading and writing. This is the story of someone who slipped through the cracks. The story of a man who learned to hide his disability and his struggles with his feelings of inadequacy because of it. The Teacher Who Couldn't Read will challenge and inspire parents, teachers, schools, and people struggling with literacy to strive for a world where no child is left without the ability to read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781427798305
Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
Publication date: 09/02/2008
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

National literacy advocate John Corcoran helped to bring illiteracy out of the shadows with his autobiography, The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read: The True Story of a High School Instructor Who Triumphed over His Illiteracy. His shocking and emotionally moving story—from being a child who was failed by the system, to an angry adolescent, a desperate college student, and finally an emerging adult reader—touched audiences of such national television shows as the Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, the Phil Donahue Show, and Larry King Live. His story was also featured in national magazines such as Esquire, Biography, Reader’s Digest, and People.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     xiii
Prologue     xxiii
A Little Child Shall Lead Them     1
The Family     7
Johnny the Innocent     21
Survival Game     31
Idiot Masquerade     43
The Great Deception     65
Fear the College Years     79
Master of Masks     95
Speaking the Love     109
Desperate Behavior     125
The Walls Come Tumbling Down     137
Unmasking the Shame     153
A Cloud of Witnesses     167
Phonics First     183
The Missing Element     195
The Healing of America     213
Epilogue     229
Resources     237
Appendix     239
Endnotes     243
About the Author

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Absolute MUST READ for parents who have children with difficulties learning to read. I now know that it is more challenging for some to learn to read and it reminded me as a parent, to be a proactive advocate for my child during his critical formative years. This is an encouraging and hopeful message. I commend the author for sharing his story... I'll be reading the next book.