Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

March 11, 2010

Rules of Conduct for Teachers

This was the conduct to be expected of an unmarried teacher when my mother first started teaching in Dutton, Ontario around 1918.


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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 p.m. and 6 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 the permission of the chairman of the board.
6. You may not ride in 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 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.

To keep the schoolroom 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 blackboards at  least once daily;  and start the fire at 7 am so the room will be warm by 8 am

How many teachers would survive under these conditions today? How far we have come and not necessarily for the good!

6 comments:

Gregg said...

Almost none. Hopefully those requirements were for public school contracts. Their design goes along way to keep the "outside" of the cup clean.

I would never use them as a guideline for believers. This is a great recipie for making Pharisees. Thank God we have the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit to address the heart or the inside of the cup in order for the inside of the cup to rule the outside of the cup.

Texan said...

mmm well I think teachers should set examples for sure ...but I am thinking some of those rules are not so great! LOL and mmm what about the male teachers? Did they have the same rules? I am doubting it..

Pleasant Prairie said...

Oh my goodness..........just shows how much has changed in these ongoing years. Somethings have changed for the better......some not. On my "greenhouse problem" post........you are probably right........I need to get some mouse traps. Have a great weekend. blessings,Kathleen

City girl turned Country Girl said...

WOW!!! So teacher's were probably underpaid back then too!! That's a lot of sacrifice to do such a job! I am glad these things don't exist now cause we wouldn't have teachers!

LibbyLibbyLibbyLibbyLibby said...

Wow, thats like 'history' totally isn't it?
I just often hope and pray the Good Lord is merciful on our behavior, dress codes or lack thereof... because honestly, especially for women,we have been raised so far off that historical beaten path... we in no way dress modestly ..i mean seriously, even what we believe to be dressed modestly is not modest compared to that and we have men friends and definitely loiter icecream shops and starbucks etc...

covnitkepr1 said...

I had absolutely no idea that rules such as those ever existed.

However...I agree with Gregg