RULES FOR TEACHERS -1872

Subject: Teaching 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 daily’ session.
  3. Make your pens carefully. You 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 this 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 honest.
  9. The teacher who performs his labor faithfully and without fault for five years will be given an increase of twenty cents pr week in his pay, providing the Board of Education approves.

Given to me by Lee Ostlund — this posting came from her one room school in Maine. It was her first teaching job.

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