Principles of Teaching
Bloomsburg University
Spring 2003

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 session.

3. Make your pens carefully. You many whittle nibs to the individual taste of the pupils.

4. Men teachers m ay 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 nay form, frequents pool or public halls, or gets shaved in a barber shop will given 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 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.

5. Do not talk unless it's absolutely necessary.

5. Bring firewood into the classroom for the stove whenever the teacher tells you to.

6. If the master calls your name after class, straighten the benches and tables, sweep the room, dust and leave everything tidy.


*The source of these rules are unknown.  They have been attributed to Monroe County, Iowa; a one-room schoolhouse in Maine; and an unspecified schoolhouse in Arizona.



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 8:00PM and 6:00AM 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 colours

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

*The source of these rules are unknown.  They have been attributed to a Sacramento teachers' contract and a 1915 magazine.

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Raymond S. Pastore, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education
Bloomsburg University
Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1301