I never understood the significance of giving an apple to a teacher but after Googling about it these are some of the theories:
- Apple is a symbol of knowledge, as in the fruit from the tree of knowledge in the Adam and Eve story.
- Apple starts with A, which is the best grade one could get.
- Teachers were poorly paid and fresh apples were expensive and was thought to be the best gift to give a teacher.
- Parents of poor students who were farmers gave teachers apples as payments.
What ever the reason is, the apple was the first thought that came to my head when I saw the topic. OK. I lied. First I had a scramble of thoughts, from my mom (who was a teacher), teachers at school, a hen showing its chicks the ropes… then the apple.