submitted by Mark Tolonen
the Past Alive
For Teachers, 1872
is out for the summer and visitation to the Seaside Museum is picking
up. One popular display is a corner
of the museum devoted
to past photos of Seaside school classes. A sign on the wall, titled “Rules
for Teachers 1872” also brings cheer to visitors:
Teachers each day will fill lamps and clean chimneys.
Each teacher will bring a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for
the day’s session.
Make your pens carefully. You may whittle tips to the individual
taste of the pupils.
Men teachers may take one evening each week for courting purposes,
or two evenings a week if they go to
After ten hours in school, the teachers may spend the remaining
time reading the Bible or other good books.
Women teachers who marry or engage in unseemly conduct will be
Every teacher should lay aside from each pay a goodly sum of his
earnings for his benefit during his declining
not become a burden on society.
Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents pool
or public halls,
or gets shaved in a
will give good
reason to suspect his worth, intention, integrity
The teacher who performs his labor faithfully and without fault
for five years will be given an
in his pay, providing the Board of Education approves.