Posted by Ocho on December 23, 2002
In Reply to: Apples & Teachers posted by james baker on December 20, 2002
: Where and when did the practice of an apple for a teacher originate?
I do not know, but I will guess ante bellum 19th century northern United States.
The practice, I was told by my grandmother, stemmed from grammar school inwhich young children are taught the letters of the alphabet. "A" is for Apple, "B" is for Boy, etc.
Since students wanted an "A" letter grade, they would give their teachers Apples.
This practise was only followed by the brown noser, or the teacher's pet.
This kid would have been subject to bullying by the tougher and dumber kids.