Rules for Teachers

     No cheating here. Answer honestly.
     Have you cleaned your school's chimney lately? No? Get to it.
     Have you consumed an alcoholic beverage? Better not. Your lack of integrity will earn you a direct pass to the unemployment office.
     Are you a married woman? If so, consider yourself dismissed.
     Have you:
     Been to an ice cream store? Uh ohThat's loitering.
     Dyed your hair? Sleazy.
     Worn a bright color? Ditto.
     Don't let the door hit you in the bustle, Sister. You're history. Go now, before you mar the impressionable minds of children.

     Or at least you would have been history if you were teaching 100 years ago. For these are the official rules for teachers, circa 1879 and 1915. My how times have changed!
     I think it might be nice to frame one of these for a new teacher, so feel free to click and copy!

      I found these rules at the website for the Blackwell Museum at Northern Illinois University's College of Education, which is the headquarters of the Country School Association of America. Their goal is to preserve and display educational artifacts and related material. Check it out for some fascinating information about the history of education.
      The rules and the job requirements provided by the museum's website make it apparent that a country school teacher's job was not an enviable one. (Unfortunately, it isn't enviable right now either!)

     Hey...wait a minute. Now that I look closely, this might not be too bad. Read 1872's #9. That's more of an increase than I've received in several years. ;-)
      What do you think?


  1. I love these! How far we've come, in some ways. I love 1872's #6. Since when is marriage in the same category with unseemly behavior, and worthy of being fired?

  2. I showed these to my kids one year-in fact, had them posted. They were horrified for me when I told them how many I'd broken. We had an interesting chat about what the rules should look like in present day. The modern version allowed me to keep my job. ;) Thanks for the smile, Darlene!
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  3. These are great! Love your blog and TPT products! Laura

  4. I'm okay with the length of skirt and two petticoats! In 1970, my mother was allowed to wear slacks for the first time, as long as they were part of a suit with a jacket that completely covered her posterior!