Timeless advice for teachers from an 1892 edition of the The South Dakota Educator:
“1. Neglect to furnish each pupil plenty of suitable seatwork.
2. Make commands that you do not or cannot secure the exection of. Occasionally make a command with which it is impossible to comply.
3. Be frivolous and joke pupils to such an extent that they will be forced to “talk back.” This will “break the ice” and they will soon learn to be impertinent in earnest. or be so cold and formal as to repel them.
4. Allow pupils to find out that they can annoy you.
5. Promise more in your pleasant moods than you can perform and threaten more in your “blue spell’ than you intend to perform.
6. Be so variable in your moods that what was allowable yesterday is criminal today or vice versa.
7. Be overbearing to one class of pupils and obsequious to another class.
8. Utterly ignore the little formalities and courtesies of life in the treatment of your pupils in school and elsewhere.
9. Consider the body, mind, and soul of a child utterly unworthy of study and care. Let it be a matter of indifference to you whether a child is comfortable or uncomfortable. Consider that it is unimportant why a child enjoys one thing or dislikes another, and that it is not your buinees to aid him in forming a worthy character.
10. Let your deportment toward parents and officers be such as will cause you to lose their respect and confidence.”
–Information from The South Dakota Educator vol. IV, no. 12