Monday, August 4, 2014
A (Teacher's) Blast from the Past
I've been cleaning out filing cabinets-- a once a decade task--and have found some interesting items that I saved over the years. I thought I'd share this gem, courtesy of The Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse in Maryville, Tn.
1872 Rules for Teachers
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 day's 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 pools or public halls, or gets shaves in a barbershop will give good 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.
What do you think about these rules? I'd love to hear!