Monday, July 27, 2009

Little Old School House

I found these 'tips' for students at the school house and thought I would share:

1. Mind to have your hands and faces washed and heads combed every morning before you come to school and be careful to be there by the time appointed.
2. Come to school quietly and soberly, and when there be quiet and still at your proper business, and mind the instructions of the teacher.
3. Respect your schoolmaster. Obey him and accept his punishments.
4. So not scribble in your own or one another's spelling, reading, writing, or ciphering books.
5. Tell no untruths, or miscall one another, nor use the corrupt or unscriptural language to a single person.
6. Never make noises or disturb your neighbors as they work.
7. Be silent during classes. Do not talk unless it is absolutely necessary.
8. Do not leave your seat without permission.
9. No more than one student at a time may go to the washroom.
10. Go quietly in and out of the classroom.
11. Let there be no quarrels, fighting of challenges to fight, no wrestling, or willfully provoking one another to anger in or out of school.
12. If the master calls you name after class, straighten the benches and tables. Sweep the room, dust, and leave everything tidy.
This is circa 1798.
Now this is for the teachers:
1. Teachers each day will fill lamps and 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 each 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 his earnings for his benefits 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 .25 cents per week in his pay, providing the Board of Education approves.
Circa 1872

Well now that is quite a raise! I just thought this was funny and you might too! The school house in the pictures is circa 1884 and it looks like its in really good shape for being 120+ years old. There is even an outhouse, which I didn't feel the need to go into. Have a good week!


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