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Rules for Teachers (c.1915)

There's no arguing that teaching is a difficult and often thankless profession, but it's actually improved a good deal in the last 85 or so years... Case in point:

Rules For Teachers In 1915

  1. You will not marry during the term of your contract.

  2. You are not to keep company with men.

  3. You must be home between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless attending a school function

  4. You may not loiter downtown in ice cream stores.

  5. You may not travel beyond city limits unless you have the permission of the chairman of the board.

  6. You may not ride in a carriage or automobile with any man unless he is your father or brother.

  7. You may not smoke cigarettes.

  8. You may not dress in bright colors.

  9. You may under no circumstances dye your hair.

  10. You must wear at least two petticoats.

  11. Your dresses must not be any shorter than two inches above the ankle.

  12. To keep the school room neat and clean, you must:

    • sweep the floor at least once daily
    • scrub the floor at least once a week with hot, soapy water
    • clean the blackboards at least once a day
    • start the fire at 7 a.m. so the room will be warm by 8 a.m.

Does anyone else get the impression that there weren't a whole lot of male teachers back in the day? The disturbing thing being that even though it's hard to tell if these were or were not real rules, I think that no one would be truly shocked if they were true.

Anyhow, I'm off to have lunch with the parental units. Later all.


they could be legit. Back then, there were still many "one-room school houses" around. So being the only teacher for some smaller towns, these rules could be legit since the teacher could be the only ONE in the town hehe... (ala Little House On The Prairie)
Yeah well I wouldn't be surprised if they were true, but I didn't want to get mired in a debate about whether or not they were true. The point was that they made a strange (almost alien) sense if you view them from the 1915 perspective.

I can see them being real and I can see why they would be applied but they still seem sooo bizarre (and funny). I was reminded of them by one of your earlier posts.


what I thought was funny was #4. I guess back in the day, ice cream stores may have been what pool halls and bars are today...where all the bad element hang out?? (just my fun take on it)...I can picture a big ol' burly guy steppin' up and askin', "Gimme a cold one. And make vanill'er." LOL!

also seems the rules were setup to create the ugliest women in the world :oPP It's no wonder the REALLY old teachers you may have had growing up were so crabby...they prolly went through this crap and were pissy that newer teachers didn't LOL!