Several of my characters are schoolteachers. Mallory Harrington in my contemporary inspirational romance, MARRYING MALLORY, teaches English at a private school. Shannon in WHITNEY IN CHARGE is a substitute high school teacher plus teaches college courses before starting a business with her sisters. Stephanie, a secondary character in another inspirational, NO GREATER LOSS, teaches second grade, and in my new wip, Lexi is a college instructor who teaches freshmen English. I was a teacher myself and that’s how I met my husband. We both were teaching at the Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Orphans Home in Xenia, Ohio.
I thought it’d be fun to share past rules for teachers! I especially like the rule about wearing two petticoats.
These rules are posted in the one-room schoolhouse at the Little House on The Prairie, near Independence, Kansas for the school year 1915.”
• You will not marry during the term of your contract
• You are not to keep company with men.
• You must be home between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless attending a school function.
• You may not loiter downtown in any of the ice cream shops.
• You may not travel beyond the city limits unless you have permission of the Chairman of the Board.
• You may not ride in a carriage or automobile with any man unless he is your father or brother.
• You may not smoke cigarettes.
• You may not dress in bright colors.
• You may under no circumstances dye your hair.
• You must wear at least two petticoats.
• Your dress must not be any shorter than two-inches above your ankle.
• To keep the classroom clean, you must sweep the floor at least once a day; scrub the floor at least one a week with hot, soapy water; clean the blackboards at least once a day; and start the fire at 7 a.m. so the room will be warm by 8 a.m.