Rules for Teachers: 1872

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by KTMom91, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    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 if they go to church regularly.

    5. After ten hours in school, 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 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.
  2. gcvmom

    gcvmom Here we go again!

    I guess you could say things have come a long way!
  3. tiredmommy

    tiredmommy Site Moderator

    And we wonder why teachers have unions?
  4. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member

    So I guess that "whittling nubs" is not in a teachers job description any more?

    I wonder what objections they had to the male teachers getting a shave in a barber shop? Maybe it's all those magazines?
  5. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I love it that male teachers could go courting but women teachers couldnt marry! Ummm, who were the male teachers courting?
  6. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    I'm guessing the female teachers who were willing to engage in "unseemly behaviour".
  7. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member

    And if you manage to conduct yourself PERFECTLY for five years, you get a 25 cents per WEEK raise! Wow!

    Actually, that's more than I've gotten in the last three years ... thank you, State of Tennessee!
  8. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    Although if you look at what things cost back then, a $0.25 per week raise is not too shabby. Here's a list of prices from the time.

    San Antonio,Texas: 1853
    Pork, 11 cents/lb
    Bacon, 12 1/2-15 cents/lb
    Salt beef, 8 1/2-9 cents/lb
    Fresh beef, 4 1/2-5 cents/lb
    Flour, 4 /14 cents (superfine)-5 cents (extra fine)/lb
    Hard bread, 9-10 cents/lb
    Beans, 10 1/2cents/quart
    Rice, 8-10 cents/lb
    Coffee, 12 1/2 (Rio) to 18 (Java) cents/lb
    Sugar, 7 1/2-8 cents for "Louisiana brown"/lb
    Vinegar, 6 1/4 cents/quart"

    ---The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, October 1947 (p. 170)
    Madison, Wisconsin: 1861
  9. Nancy

    Nancy Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I'm sending this to easy child.

  10. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Too funny-we are studying the colonial period right now and I just read this list to them last week. The kiddos thought it was hilarious. We also read the rules for the students at that time. That they didn't think was so funny-lol!
  11. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    Have you seen the exam for eighth grade graduation, I think it was from the 1890's? OMG, there was stuff on there I didn't know!
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2010
  12. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member we know why education has declined!
  13. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    My, oh my. Glad I dismissed the thought... I have enough trouble with my TWO!