Union College Library in collaboration with the Writing Studio, Teaching Learning Center, Career Center, ESL, and the Campus Store is pleased to announce One Book One Union 2010-2011. This year's selection, The Teacher Who Couldn't Read by John Corcoran, is the story of a man who finished high school and college, became a teacher, and later started his own business, all without being able to read proficiently. He finally learned to read when he was 48 years old.
This book was chosen to help the Union College campus gain a better understanding of illiteracy in our own community. The U.S. Department of Education estimates that 32 million American adults lack the basic literacy skill to read simple instructions. As John Corcoran's story demonstrates, the causes of illiteracy are complex. A series of discussions about the book are being planned for second semester in order to give students and staff opportunity to discuss the causes of illiteracy and possible solutions. Discussion topics include dispelling myths about illiteracy, forms of literacy, and the important link between literacy and democracy.