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.
I should have known.