Societal Change – Teacher’s Contracts

RULES OF CONDUCT FOR TEACHERS IN 1915:

1. You will not marry during the term of your contract.

2 You are not to keep company with men.

3. You must be home between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless attending a school function.

4. You must not loiter downtown in any of the ice cream stores.

5. You may not travel beyond the city limits unless you have the permission of the chairman of the board.

6. You may not ride in a carriage or automobile with any man unless he is your father or brother.

7. You may not smoke cigarettes.

8. You may not dress in bright colours.

9. You may under no circumstances dye your hair.

10. You must wear at least two petticoats. Your dresses must not be any shorter than two inches above the ankle.

11. To keep the schoolroom neat and clean, you must: sweep the floor at least once daily; scrub the floor at least once 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.

When I resigned from teaching in 1954 only 1 of these protocols was still in force and that was the one forbidding women to be married and teach.

Nova Scotia Teacher

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