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Blast From The Past: Rules for Teachers in 1872

Blast From The Past: Rules for Teachers in 1872

What was it like to be a teacher back in the day...way back in the day?

This week, teachers entered schools for a brand new school year, and have been preparing themselves for lesson plans, projects, papers, conferences, and plenty of other work for in and out of the classroom. Many might wonder, however, how much the profession has changed from over the years, said an article on HamletHub.com. The article looks at an excerpt from the book, Socrates to Miss CrabtreeL Teaching Through the Ages, by Pamela Michael, which highlights rules for teachers from 1872. 

Here are some of the rules:

  • Teachers each day will fill lamps, clean chimneys
  • Each teacher will bring a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day's session. 
  • Men teachers may take one evening each week for courting purposes, or two evenings a week if they go to church regularly. 
  • Women teachers who marry or engage in unseemly conduct will be dismissed. 

Read the full story. 

Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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