100 Years of Teaching

KDRV News shared the above list of rules for teachers from a hundred years ago, in conjunction with the celebration of the centennary of Ruch School, from which the list comes (HT Shelley Ross). It is interesting to reflect on – the gender assumption about who would teach, the need to get there early to warm up the building, the behavior codes. But one could easily make too much of the differences or the similarities to our time.

Unlike one that has circulated much more widely, this list of rules seems to be authentic.

I will resist commenting on it further in the post, and leave that for the comments section. Does anyone have an authentic list of rules for teachers from our time, to compare with this one?


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  • Go_4_tli

    Why are you assuming that this list seems to be authentic? It’s practically identical to the last of the dubious lists in the Snopes article you linked to.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

      It was my understanding from the article that this was something that they had or found at the school in question. But I suppose that someone might just as well have googled “rules for teachers 1914” and brought what they found to the celebration.

      • Lucy

        Looks like someone printed this off on 21st century printer paper. You know, as if an original document would be too much to ask for.

  • James Walker

    as the Snopes article indicates, the fact the header mentions the year makes the list suspect.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

      Yes, actually looking more carefully at it, I suspect it is not authentic. I ought to have learned by now not to post things when I don’t have time to look into them – or even look at them – properly!

      • http://againstjebelallawz.wordpress.com/ Enopoletus Harding

        There’s a 100% chance that the version one sees above was printed by a 21st century printer. Whether the rules were actually in place in 1914 or this is just a joke is uncertain.

  • Gary

    No inerrancy requirement. That’s good.
    At least it could be praised for full disclosure.
    Perhaps a similar post could be placed outside some churches.

    Warning, all those that enter: Preachers are required to support the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.

    Warning, all those that enter: Do not assume “friendliness and doughnuts” will allow you to deviate from our doctrine statements (unless, of course, you are just visiting – we’ll get you at a later date).

    You will comply, if you eventually decide to join us for eternity. You will be assimilated.

    Signed, Luther Borg, your future pastor (and you thought the doughnuts had no strings attached?

  • infinity

    There is no evidence it is authentic, as noted in the Snopes link you yourself have linked.