Education: The Union Man

This is the way Albert Shanker used to teach: "If it takes four ounces of poison to kill a person, how many ounces would it take to kill your mother, your father, your sister and your brother?"

Adds Shanker, recalling his days as a junior high school math teacher: "It was the only way I could get them to learn. They loved it."

Today, affection and poison still figure strongly in Shanker's life. One critic calls him an "evil genius," while his supporters want him to run for mayor. As he toured New York State last week, enthusiastically explaining the June merger that...

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