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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.

Cynthia Fowler
LaGrange, Ga.

Teacher Magazine welcomes letters. They must include your address and daytime phone number and may be edited for length and clarity. Mail them to: "Letters,'' Teacher Magazine, 4301 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 250, Washington, DC 20008

Vol. 05, Issue 06, Page 1-24

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