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Rules For Teachers in the 1880s

Teachers had rules 120 years ago they had to follow if they wanted to keep their job. Listed below are one set of teacher's rules.

1. Teachers will fill the lamps and clean the lamp chimney every day.

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 individual tastes 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 teacher may spend the remaining time reading the Bible of other good books.

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

7. Every teacher should lay aside from each day's pay a goodly sum of his earnings. He should use his savings during his retirement years so that he will not become a burden on society.

8. Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, visits pool halls or public halls, or gets shaved in a barber shop, will give good reason for people to suspect his worth, intentions, 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.

Source: Thanks to Alyson D. and her grandfather for sending this info.