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From Cleata B. Thorpe’s Education in South Dakota 1861-1961:

  1. Teachers will fill lamps, clean chimneys and trim wicks each day.
  2. Each teacher will bring a scuttle of coal and a bucket of water for the day’s use.
  3. Make your pens carefully. You may whittle nibs for the individual tastes of children.
  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 teacher should spend the remaining time reading the Bible or other good books.
  6. Women teachers who marry or engage in other unseemly conduct will be dismissed.
  7. Every teacher should lay aside from his pay a goodly sum for his declining years so that he will not become a burden on society. 
  8. Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents a pool or public hall, or gets shaved in a barber shop will give good reason for suspecting his worth, intentions, integrity and honesty.
  9. The teacher who performs his labors faithfully and without fault for five years will be given an increase of 25 cents a week in his pay providing the board of education approves.

You can find more from the South Dakota Historical Collections in the Chilson Collection in the USD Archives.

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