One could be slightly bemused by reading this and indeed many would quite probably bemoan the passage of time that has changed the lot of the lowly teacher!! These are actual “Rules” for teachers, circa 1879.
1. Teachers each day will fill lamps, clean chimneys before beginning work. (That’s not ‘work’?)
2. Each teacher will bring a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day’s session. (Oh- so THIS is work?)
3. Make your pens carefully. You may whittle nibs to the individual taste of the children. (May? You have a choice?)
4. Men teachers may take one evening a week for vourting purposes or two evenings to attend church regularly. (Again with the ‘may’. Should you choose not to court what are the options?)
5. After ten hours in school, you may spend the remaining time reading the BIBLE or other good books. (I always thoughts “Ulysses” was a good page-turner!)
6. Woman teachers who marry or engage in unseemly conduct will be dismissed. (I’m glad they didn’t say ‘other’ unseemly conduct!!)
7. Every teacher should lay aside, from each pay, a goodly sum for his benefit during his declining years so that he will not become a burden on society. (A woman can just get married to avoid being burdensome to society?)
8. Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents pool or public halls, or gets shaved in a barbers shop will give good reason to suspect his worth, intention, integrity and honesty. (Those always wondered about barbers!!!)
So, notice any changes after 135-odd years?