Rules for Teachers


Teaching has never been an easy profession, but at least most teachers don’t have to start the fire in this century! That was probably a dangerous task while wearing two petticoats. Link -via Phil's Phun


Then I found these rules from 1872 at the Rusk County Historical Society Museum. Among them:
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 should 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.

In other words, live your life exactly as we tell you to, but don't expect a pension. Link

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The problem with a female teacher getting married, is that she may become pregnant, and in those years, it was unthinkable that she would be allowed in public much less allowed to continue teaching. Women were secluded during pregnancy. Even as late as the 1970's it was unthinkable for a pregnant woman to be out in public, shopping or whatever.

The problem for men with getting a barbershop shave was that you were spoiled and unmanly; that you couldn't shave yourself.
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Simply put, people had MORALS in those days. And to these good, god-fearing folk, this was the way things were done. And they were happy. A little 19th century sensibility wouldn't hurt now and then.
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My parents were teachers in a small town in Indiana. I can remember some old biddies at the grocery store complained when they saw my father buying beer. This was in the late 1970's or early 1980's!
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