Apparently you can just fake it. John Corcoran taught at the Oceanside School District for 17 years – before learning to read. He claims to have cheated his way through high school and college and got a degree without knowing how to read. HIs odd choice of profession, teacher, leaves one to wonder if he got a thrill about tricking people at schools in general. Mr. Corcoran only got away with this by relying heavily on teaching assistants and creating lessons without written words.
“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.
Mr. Corcoran claimed to be a very effective teacher during his illiterate time. As long as he wasn’t teaching English.