RSIP Historical Rules for Teachers and Students

1890s Scholar Classroom Rules-

Golden Rule- Do unto others as you would have them do to you.

Scholars will not speak unless called upon.

There will be no giggling, whispering, or wiggling at their desks.

Raise hand to speak, when recognized stand beside your desk before speaking.

Use proper language when speaking.

Good posture is required. Face forward, feet on the floor, hands folded on the desk when not working on your lessons.

Male students must remove their hats upon entering the building.

At all times behave as proper ladies and gentlemen.

Each person is to have their own drinking cup, hankie or handkerchief, and a slate rag.

While chewing gum was introduced in 1871, no gum is allowed in school.

Teacher Duties for 1890s School

Teacher arrives at 8:00 a.m., ring bell so people can set their clocks

Start fire if needed. Fill oil lamps washing glass chimneys as needed.

Keep school, privies and grounds clean.

Have boys carry in water, coal or wood for stove.

The children will be known as scholars during the school day.

Boys will sit on one side of the room, girls on the other.

The scholars will sit by age, the younger ones to the front, the oldest toward the back, with parents at the back of the room.

Female teacher’s may not be married or must be a widower.

Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor, frequents pool or public halls, or gets shaved in a barber shop will give good reason to suspect his worth, intentions, integrity, and honesty.

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