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Readin’, Writin’ and Restrictions-the Past Life of the Teacher – Dave’s Diary


In less than a month the kids will be heading back to school but there’s a pretty good chance school and classroom activities are probably not top of mind.  Not so for teachers who are already getting into the mental mode for school.  My awesome wife Sara is a career changer and has her teaching degree now and will start subbing this year.  She will be great but it’s a tough job in today’s environment and I don’t think I could hack it.

So God bless those teachers who have the temperament and skills to find satisfaction in the classroom. Still, as tough as it is to be a teacher today, by most measures it’s better than it was in 1915! Check out the list of rules that American teachers in 1915, were told to obey.

  • You will not marry during the term of your contract.
  • You are not to keep company with men.
  • You must be home between the hours of 8pm and 6am, unless attending a school function.
  • You may not loiter downtown in ice cream stores.
  • You may not travel beyond city limits, unless you have the permission” of the chairman of the board.
  • You may not ride in a carriage or automobile with any man, unless he is your father or brother.
  • You may not smoke cigarettes.
  • You must wear bright colors to school.
  • You may under no circumstances, dye your hair.
  • You must wear at least 2 petticoats.
  • Your dresses must not be any shorter than 2 inches above the ankle.

ViVa  la revolution!

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