I’m leaning toward calling shenanigans on this story.

John Corcoran graduated from college and taught high school for 17 years without being able to read, write or spell.

Corcoran’s life of secrecy started at a young age. He said his teachers moved him up from grade to grade. Often placed in what he calls the “dumb row,” the images of his tribulations in the classroom are still vividly clear.

“I can remember when I was 8 years old saying my prayers at night saying please god tomorrow when it’s my turn to read please let me read. You just pretend that you are invisible and when the teacher says, ‘Johnnie read,’ you just wait the teacher out because you know the teacher has to go away at some point,” said Corcoran.

So he became a class troublemaker, etc to hide his illiteracy. I’m not saying that it’s impossible to get through our government schools without learning anything. Of course that’s possible. And it’s also possible to be a teacher without knowing anything. I’m just trying to figure out how he did this:

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.

“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.

I don’t get it. He copied the questions off the board but didn’t know what they said? He essentially drew them rather than wrote them? And in all the years of having to do things like that, he never actually learned to read, and no one caught on?

Mmhm. I’m a little bit skeptical.

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