Monday, March 07, 2005

Teacher Rules of the 1870's

Inspired by Edwonk who posted The Five Student Inspired Myths About Teachers, I decided to post the 1870 Teacher Rules that I use in our one room school house presentation. I wonder how the teachers union would take to these:

Rules : TO TEACHERS 1870 "
1. Each day teachers will fill lamps, clean chimneys and trim wicks.

2. Each teacher will bring a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day session.

3. Make pens carefully. You may whittle nibs to the individual taste of the pupil.

4. Men teachers may take one night each week for courting purposes, or two evenings a week if they go to church regularly.

5. Every teacher should lay aside from each month's pay a goodly sum for his benefit during his declining years so that he will not become a burden on society.

6. Women teachers who marry or engage in unseemly conduct will be discharged.

7. After school the teacher must spend the time until supper reading the bible and other good books.

8. Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents pool halls or public halls, or gets shaved in a barbershop, shall give good reason to suspect his worth, integrity and honesty.

9. The teacher who performs his duties regularly and faithfully and without fault for five years, will be given an increase of 25 cents a week in his pay, providing the Board of Education approves.


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