By D. W. St. John
After discomfort the best of non-public tragedies, Dai O’Connel is not any longerwilling to lie. A headstrong Welshman two decades in an Oregon lecture room, herefuses both to reduce criteria or to enforce the feel-good nonsense of OutcomeBased Curriculum, and for this reason is concentrated for dismissal.Sent to rfile his failings is Solange Gonsalvás, Oregon’s youngest assistantsuperintendent. identified either for breathtaking acceptance and her commitment tothe task, she is relentless in pursuit of incompetent lecturers. Deeply believing she will make the district’s faculties larger, whereas suffering from her personal thought of what college may be, Solange reveals O’Connel certainly not as she anticipated. Principled, convinced, excellent at what he does, Dai isn't the type of instructor Solange forces from the classroom—but greater than competence is at stake.District politicos call for O'Connel's ouster, and if Solange desires the pinnacle job,she needs to take his. Bewildered by way of the serious charm she feels for the fellow, Solange needs to make a choice from ruining a great teacher's occupation and furthering her personal, a profession for which she's sacrificed every thing.
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Myrtle asked. “Is that it? The future of education? Not requiring anything that can be tested? Being satisfied with a sixteen-year-old who can’t add, can’t spell, can’t write, can’t read, as long as he thinks he’s the cat’s meow and knows diversity when he sees it? ” “And something else that stinks,” Solange said without thinking, her voice scaring her. Sid raised his eyebrows. “Okay, Ms. ” They were all watching her, and suddenly she wished she had kept quiet. ” “That’s right,” Myrtle said. ” O’Connel said, voice low.
Textbook publishers. Who needs a book to learn phonics? A two dollar chart on the wall, and you’re done. ” “But wait a minute,” Solange said. “When I was here we taught phonics. It was coming back. ” “Wrong,” Aurora said. “I’m the only one I know of , and I can only get away with it because I’ve been here so long they leave me alone. ” Sid covered his eyes. ” Aurora blew air through slack lips. “I’m not going to teach kids to memorize words, to look at the picture and guess. I’ve been teaching reading for thirty years.
Waves sloshed under the wooden hull passing on to slap a hard mud bank. On the third turn of a tired starter the old Chevy straight six roared, the stink of exhaust mixing with tangerine—tomcat odor of fir. He rubbed Sonny softly under the chin. The dog yawned, whining, baring worn yellow teeth. This was his favorite part. Setting the milk jug in the bilge, he pushed away from the dock with a foot, shoved the throttle forward viciously. The motor coughed and roared. Sluggishly, the old boat picked up speed.