And You Think YOUR Job is Tough?

September 28th, 2009 by Bob Bly

I often hear people say — and I often say it myself — that we have it tougher in today’s fast-paced world than workers of earlier generations.

But do we really? Here’s a notice a School Board sent to its teachers — in 1872 — as part of their job description:

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 the 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 food 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 or uses liquor in any form, frequents pool or public halls, or gets shaved in a barber shop will give good reason for suspecting his worthy 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 Educations approves.

I dunno. Maybe we don’t have it as tough as we think….

Your thoughts?

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    Think this bunch would be able to withstand the universal twelve-month school year our President is now proposing?

  3. Victor said:

    Physical work has declined for sure, most work is done with our brains now. The level of responsibility has increased ten fold for many jobs though. Think of a network administrator who is tasked with keeping a company’s entire system going.

  4. Ken Norkin - Freelance Copywriter said:

    When was marrying ever considered unseemly conduct for a woman? Or when was a man getting shaved in a barber shop ever an indication of unworthy intentions?

  5. Bob Bly said:

    Ken: Apparently, in 1872 in Riverhead Long Island….

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    Is this for real? I think, it’s our nature to feel pity to ourselves everytime we’re experiencing hard times with our work. I could say that we are very lucky now. We’re now following the revised ruling and using technology in our work.

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    There’s no easy work at all. If we really like to have a decent life, we need to work hard in order to live and get the life that we want. Let’s just be thankful of what we have cause there are other less fortunate people than us, for sure.

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