While we were enjoying our travels through the Museums on the Herritage Trail Museum Tour we ran across these rules for teachers and students in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and with the new school year just beginning I thought everyone might enjoy the read as much as I did. If you didn’t get a chance to do the museum trail this year make sure you put it on your calendar for next year.
Rules for Students 1872*
1. Respect your schoolmaster. Obey him and accept his punishments.
2. Do not call your classmates names or fight with them. Love and help each other.
3. Never make noises or disturb your neighbors as they work. Be silent during classes.
4. Do not talk unless it’s absolutely necessary.
5. Bring firewood into the classroom for the stove whenever the teach tell you to do so.
6. If the master calls your name after class, straighten the benches and tables, sweep the room dust and leave everything tidy.
Rules for Teachers 1872 *
1. Teachers each day will fill lamps, clean chimneys.
2. Each teacher will bring a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day’s sessions.
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 a 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 benefit during his declining years so that he will not become a burden to 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 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 twenty-five cents per week in his pay, providing the Board of Education approves.
Rules for Teacher 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 8:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M. unless attending a school function.
4. You may not loiter downtown in ice-cream stores.
5. You may not travel beyond the city limits unless you have permission of the Chairman of the Board.
6. You may not ride 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 not 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 blackboard at least once a day
Start the fire at 7:00 A.M. so the room will be warm by 8:00 A.M.
*The source of these rules and whether authentic remains unknown but widely circulated, marketed and attributed to a variety of sources around the country .
—-Placer County Historical Society