Truth And Betrayal
It is ironic that the photograph on page 27 in the January issue of Teacher Magazine could be the print of the photograph of Eliot Wigginton that I took at a conference in Athens, Ga., on July 21, 1991. Wigginton was keynote speaker, and I was impressed with his eloquent words about teaching and the profession. I bought a copy of Sometimes a Shining Moment, brought it home, and read every word.
I’ve kept the book because I believe in the truth of the words:
The profession of teaching is exactly that--a profession, not an avocation or a hobby or a marriage of convenience. Because of its goals and its potential to achieve those goals, I selected it. It did not come knocking at my door. I was searching for a way to be of real service, and I found and chose this field. I believed then, as I believe now, that it is a profession of honor and true merit, and though I may not remain in it for all of my working days, as long as I do continue to teach, it will continue to deserve and receive my best.
I am sure some good will come from evil. I do feel betrayed; I feel the man has disappointed me as a fellow professional. I would also add that I think Wigginton got off light, if indeed all that has been confessed is true. You see, I still don’t want to believe it. I am disappointed.
The sensationalism of the case will keep Wigginton a front-page story for a long time. As for Foxfire, I hope that by completely separating the man from the program, the program and its innovative methodology will continue to engage students in the learning process.
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A version of this article appeared in the March 01, 1994 edition of Teacher as Letters