Excerpt - YCBS

You Can't Be Serious:
An inner-city teacher a-muses about school and life 

by Larry Berliner

One day, I was assigned to cover an absent colleague's eighth grade English class. As my temporary charges worked on word puzzle sheets, I noticed a crude statue of Shakespeare in the back of the room.

"Are you reading Shakespeare?" I asked the puzzle solvers in the first row.

"Yes, we just started last week," a helpful voice volunteered.

"Which one?" I continued.

"William."

I should have known.

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