by Rita Sorrentino
How many of us grew up with the adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” or perhaps, as a teacher, have been the recipient of a golden, gala delicious treat? For me, yes and yes.
Recently, I came across an earlier version of the popular apple/doctor relationship: “Ait a happle avore gwain to bed, An’ you’ll make the doctor beg his bread.”[i] For some of us, in our brown bag lunch toting days, this healthy snack was a favorite and often made its way onto the teacher’s desk continuing another long lasting tradition of the apple/teacher relationship. Before the establishment of public education, poor farmers would pay for their children’s teachers from their crops and apples were often abundant. In the ensuing years of low teachers’ wages, the gift of an apple provided good nutrition and economic support. Conceivably, in today’s many underfunded schools, a bright shiny new Apple product would be a welcomed gift of choice to service the needs of students in an ever-changing world.
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