How do you handle unruly New York teenagers in a classroom? Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes), who started teaching in 1958, reveals the secret in this excerpt from Teacher Man: eat their sandwiches.
Damn. Wish I’d known this when I had to handle nursery school kids for a mercifully brief period in my early career. Though McCourt had “dark and thick” bread, “baked by an Italian mother in Brooklyn, bread firm enough to hold slices of a rich baloney, layered with slices of tomato, onions and peppers, drizzled with olive oil and charged with a tongue-dazzling relish”; my choices were banana-and-honey or, yuck, peanut butter.