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    Question dumb row

    Corcoran's life of secrecy started at a young age. He said his teachers moved him up from grade to grade. Often placed in what he calls the "dumb row," the images of his tribulations in the classroom are still vividly clear.

    "I can remember when I was eight years old saying my prayers at night saying, 'please, God, tomorrow when it's my turn to read please let me read.' You just pretend that you are invisible and when the teacher says, 'Johnnie read,' you just wait the teacher out because you know the teacher has to go away at some point," said Corcoran.
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    Q1: dumb row =?

    Q2: I cannot understand the second paragraph. Did the author mean he hoped God give him a chance to read?

    Why did he have to pretend he was invisible since he liked to read?

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi!

    Q1: dumb row =?

    Q2: I cannot understad the second paragraph. Did the author mean he hoped God give him a chance to read?

    Why did he have to pretend he was invisible since he liked to read?

    Thanks!
    I'd say it was an unfair teacher. The 'dumb row' was a row, probably at the back of the class, to which the teacher sent children who he or she decided were stupid; or, possibly, the teacher applied the literal meaning of 'dumb' - and people in the row weren't allowed to read.

    So the writer did want to read, but wanted to be invisible to the teacher.

    But it's not very clear, so my interpretation may be wrong... See what other people think.

    b

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    Default Re: dumb row

    Hi BobK,

    Thank you for your answer.

    Here's the URL link about the article. If you or other folks need more context, please click it.

    Retired Teacher Reveals He Was Illiterate Until Age 48 - San Diego News Story - KGTV San Diego

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    Default Re: dumb row

    He wanted to be able to read, but he couldn't. He hoped the teacher wouldn't call on him. That is because if she asked him to read he knew he wouldn't be able to do it.


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    Hi RonBee,

    Thank you for your reply.

    when the teacher says, 'Johnnie read,' you just wait the teacher out because you know the teacher has to go away at some point,"


    If a teacher asks a schoolchildren to read, how could the kid keep silent and wait the teacher out? If I were the kid, I would tell the teacher I could not read.

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    If you were 8 years old, would you really be brave enough to say in class, in front of all of your peers, that you didn't know how to do what they could all do? Children do their best to fit in and not draw attention to themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    If you were 8 years old, would you really be brave enough to say in class, in front of all of your peers, that you didn't know how to do what they could all do? Children do their best to fit in and not draw attention to themselves.
    Hi! Barb_D,

    Thank you for your help. I think I've understood the text.

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