By D. W. St. John
After affliction the best of private tragedies, Dai O’Connel is not any longerwilling to lie. A headstrong Welshman two decades in an Oregon school room, herefuses both to decrease criteria or to enforce the feel-good nonsense of OutcomeBased Curriculum, and consequently is focused for dismissal.Sent to record his failings is Solange Gonsalvás, Oregon’s youngest assistantsuperintendent. identified either for breathtaking reputation and her commitment tothe activity, she is relentless in pursuit of incompetent academics. Deeply believing she will make the district’s colleges larger, whereas suffering from her personal thought of what institution will be, Solange unearths O’Connel under no circumstances 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 wishes the head job,she needs to take his. Bewildered through the serious allure she feels for the guy, Solange needs to make a choice from ruining an excellent teacher's profession and furthering her personal, a profession for which she's sacrificed every thing.
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Myrtle peered up through thick glasses and smiled, drawing out an arm’s length of yarn from the bag at her feet. “Well, well,” she bellowed, “what a nice surprise, we don’t see you much any more. ” Solange sat, leaning over to hug her. “Oh, Myrtle, I miss you. ” Myrtle hugged her back, then pushed her away playfully with a big flabby arm. “Oh, stop it, now,” she said, blushing. “I wouldn’t last a week around all those bigwigs. ” Solange cocked her head, smiling. ” How she’d missed this lovely old woman.
That’s what it was—a fierce kind of beauty that took your breath. There was no other way to describe it. A beauty without mercy. Without pity. The river, the steep slopes beyond would likely kill him as not. Either way it meant nothing. It was a cold place, a hard place, a place he loved. That’s why he hadn’t sold out, but stayed on alone years after he should have left the empty house and its ghosts behind. 61 A pair of shovelers, wingtips skimming water, passed low and fast, spreading ripples marking their passing.
I saw that. You ate what? Maybe three pieces of broccoli? That balances out a bag of M M’s. ” Solange said. “Good one,” Aurora said. “We threw out phonics in favor of guessing at words. Now, ten years later, oops! A generation of kids missed out on learning to decode. And we’re still teaching it! ” “Follow the money,” said Karl. “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.