What’s up with teachers and apples?
Ignoring the fact that most students today have never delivered a fruity treat to a teacher, few images idealize the American education experience quite like this one. But where does this tradition come from? The short answer is that no one is exactly sure. Some historians point to rural communities where, short on funds, farmers would pay teachers in goods rather than cash. Others say it has its beginnings in the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Whatever the origins, it seems pretty likely that underpaid teachers would prefer gift cards over fruit. Teaching, the first rung on the ladder to success? Although teaching is definitely no quick way to get rich, quite a few famous people have saddled up to the lectern for a lesson or two. President Lyndon Johnson graduated from Southwest Texas State Teacher’s College and taught briefly before his stint in the Oval Office. Closer to home, MU grad Sheryl Crow taught music to elementary school children in St. Louis before she s