By D. W. St. John
After ache the best of non-public tragedies, Dai O’Connel is not any longerwilling to lie. A headstrong Welshman 20 years in an Oregon school room, herefuses both to reduce criteria or to enforce the feel-good nonsense of OutcomeBased Curriculum, and hence is focused for dismissal.Sent to rfile his failings is Solange Gonsalvás, Oregon’s youngest assistantsuperintendent. recognized either for breathtaking popularity and her commitment tothe activity, she is relentless in pursuit of incompetent academics. Deeply believing she will make the district’s faculties larger, whereas being affected by her personal thought of what college might be, Solange unearths O’Connel by no means as she anticipated. Principled, convinced, first-class 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 pinnacle job,she needs to take his. Bewildered by way of the serious allure she feels for the fellow, Solange needs to choose from ruining a good teacher's occupation and furthering her personal, a profession for which she's sacrificed every thing.
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Sid frowned. ” He turned back to the pamphlet. “The student will ‘deliberate on public issues which arise in our representative democracy and in the world by applying perspectives from the social sciences… ” “I can see it now,” Karl spoke into an imaginary phone. “I’m sorry to have to tell you this, Mrs. Jones, but Johnny failed the unit on deliberating and applying perspectives from the social sciences. Yes, uh, huh. ” “Ah, now, a second language is good,” Myrtle said. ” Sid went on. “They will— ‘interpret human experience through literature and the fine and performing arts, apply science and math concepts and processes, showing an understanding of how they affect our world— ‘“ Myrtle slammed her knitting on the table, shutting her eyes.
Mrs. Lovejoy’s face had turned a bellicose red. “Mr. ” He leaned forward and gave Mrs. Noble a sly wink. “Especially not in my present situation. So what I’m going to do is to give you exactly what you want, but not because you’re a board member. ” He stood. ” He went out and came back with the four foot tall, gold foil-covered letter A. “Ta daaa! ” Mrs. Noble sat open-mouthed as he leaned the 44 letter against the vice principal’s desk. Lovejoy held her mouth as if she smelled something long dead.
How must it feel, she wondered, to know your mother 51 didn’t want you? Could there be anything more painful than that? Solange went to see her that night, and by a stroke of luck found her at home. She had guests and was not at all happy to see her. A blond with a model’s body and deep blue eyes, at first she’d offered her business smile. When she recognized her son’s teacher, her face soured. She came outside, pulling the door closed behind her. ” Solange hadn’t expected to be met with such hostility.
A Terrible Beauty by D. W. St. John