Rules for teachers

After reading this post by Bereaved Single Dad, which talks about a specific rule the school has come up with for kids (I do recommend you read it for yourself), I thought it’s only fair that we should remind the school of the rules for teachers. Here is one for reference.

RULES FOR TEACHERS IN 1879

  1. Teachers each day will fill lamps, clean chimneys, before beginning work.
  2. Each teacher will bring a bucket of water and scuttle of coal for the day’s session.
  3. Make your pens carefully. You may whittle nibs to the individual taste of the pupils.
  4. Men teachers may take one evening each week for courting purposes, or two evenings a week if they go to church regularly.
  5. After ten hours in school, the teachers may spend the remaining time reading the Bible or other good books.
  6. Women teachers who marry or engage in unseemingly conduct will be dismissed.
  7. Every teacher should lay aside from each pay a goodly sum of his earnings for his benefit during his declining years so that he will not become a burden on society.
  8. Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents pool or public halls, or gets shaved in a barber shop, will give good reason to suspect his worth, intention, integrity and honesty.
  9. The teacher who performs his labour faithfully and without fault for five years will be given an increase of two shillings and sixpence per week in his pay providing the Board of Education approve.

Obviously, the rules will be very different from what they were in 1879. For starters, I think the school in question should have a rule that reads “Any teacher who walks around with hands in their pocket will give good reason to suspect his worth, intention, integrity and honesty.”


Above image is an exhibit at the Camden Haven Historical Society Museum in Laurieton, on the mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia.

10 thoughts on “Rules for teachers

    1. Apparently, there was the notion that married women should stay at home and look after children. I found more interesting rules on the internet. This one, “You may not loiter down town in any of the ice-cream bars” lol.

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  1. Wow – I’m glad we don’t have to clean chimneys any more, and female teachers got a really bad deal!

    I did read the original post about hands in pockets though and find it so frustrating that some education professionals choose to focus on such bizarre rules.

    Working in education is a responsibility – not a chance to take pleasure in implementing pointless rules that don’t help people to learn.

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    1. I hated school rules when I was a kid, I thought the rules were simply there for the adults to assert their authority and the children had no say at all.

      Women have come a long way since, yet there is still a long way to go, which makes me wonder where we are now, kind of a paradox, isn’t it?

      Thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

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      1. I think my relationship with rules hasn’t changed much since I was at school. Ideally rules are good – they help you to see patterns and make sense of things. But if I don’t see the point in the rule, I find it really hard to follow it! Yes, there is definitely a long way to go.

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