June 5, 2016
To All the Teachers who are About to Graduate. Can you meet this standard?
This was the conduct to be expected of an unmarried teacher when my mother first started teaching in Dutton, Ontario around 1918.
1. You will not marry during the term of your contract.
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 leastleast 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!
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