By D. W. St. John
After affliction the best of non-public tragedies, Dai O’Connel isn't any longerwilling to lie. A headstrong Welshman 20 years in an Oregon school room, herefuses both to decrease criteria or to enforce the feel-good nonsense of OutcomeBased Curriculum, and for that reason is focused for dismissal.Sent to rfile his failings is Solange Gonsalvás, Oregon’s youngest assistantsuperintendent. recognized 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 faculties larger, whereas being affected by her personal notion of what college may be, Solange unearths O’Connel certainly not 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 desires the head job,she needs to take his. Bewildered by means of the serious charm she feels for the fellow, Solange needs to choose from ruining a superb teacher's profession and furthering her personal, a occupation for which she's sacrificed every little thing.
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Please forgive me. If I might ask, Mrs. ” Mrs. Lovejoy spoke up again. ” He raised his eyebrows. ” “Certainly not,” said Mrs. Noble. ” “I thought so. Well, in that case, I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. I don’t allow my students to make up work they just didn’t bother to do, but because Dusty’s such a fine young man, and because his mother’s a school board member—” Mrs. Noble clutched her purse in red-nailed hands. “This has nothing to do with me being a board member! ” Mrs. Lovejoy’s face had turned a bellicose red.
She missed the urgency of it, missed knowing that in little more than an hour children would pour into her classroom to wash away educational theory like sand castles before an incoming tide. Mounting the stairs, she smiled. For a beginning teacher this testing of method engendered thinly veneered terror. That she 63 didn’t miss. What had he said? She remembered now. ” The same thought had nagged her every day since the day she’d quit the classroom. And somehow it didn’t help to know he felt the same.
So she just said what she’d come to say. “He needs you so much— Today I couldn’t get him to talk to me. ” She went inside, leaving Solange standing alone on the sidewalk. A cold rage grew inside her as she went to her car. What else could she do? He was her son; she could raise him any way she chose. The pain she lavished on Rene, while more painful than any blow, left no scars, no bruises. Solange marveled that such obscene ugliness could exist behind such a lovely face. Nearly to the street, she turned on her heel, circling back.
A Terrible Beauty by D. W. St. John