Rules for Teachers in 1872

1. Teachers each day will fill lamps, clean chimneys.

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

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

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

5. After ten hours in school, the teachers may spend the remaining time reading the Bible or other good books.

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

7. Every teacher should lay aside from each pay a goodly sum of his earnings for his benefit during his declining years so that he will not become a burden on society.

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

9. The teacher who performs his labor faithfully and without fault for five years will be given an increase of twenty-five cents per week in his pay, providing the Board of Education approves.

This is from a small town in Maine.

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2 Responses to Rules for Teachers in 1872

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    • PeggyAnn says:

      I think everyone is getting me mixed up with another Peggy Rowe (?). I do write poetry, but so far as I know I’ve never made it to Fox news and if I had I’d probably had a fit because I don’t consider FOX news at all. I don’t even consider them journalism in the true sense of the word. I would not want them covering me. But, thank you.

      I do have a book of poetry going up at Amazon soon, but I really don’t think I’m the person you want to talk to.

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