Saturday, February 02, 2008

Rules for Teachers 1872, 1901

(from here)

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 on 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 shoudl lay aside from each pay a goodly stime 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 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.


Imagine the horror they would have felt at seeing not one, not two, but an entire group of teachers loitering in Harrell's! Without petticoats! With men!


At 12:54 PM, Blogger Holbrook said...

I sometimes wore a petticoat.

At 10:19 PM, Blogger educat said...

Dang it, Craig! I clicked this off of bloglines all ready to say the same thing!! I'd also planned on chastising Amanda for not wearing hers and to thank her for reminding me to wear mine on our last night at Packard's because if I was going to run through the streets of Northampton with my hands over my head yelling "Second drunk!! Second drunk!!" then the LEAST I could do was to wear a petticoat...

The joke is yours, sir.

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Walker said...

My skirt is currently three inches above my ankle. I'm breaking the rules--I feel so daring.

At 3:00 PM, Blogger Sandi said...

Well, I was married and I engaged in unseemly conduct. At Packards. And a few other places.

Petticoats optional.


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