Historic Schoolhouse Rules

Most schoolhouses in the late 1800s and early 1900s had their own rules based on need and what was acceptable for the community. A crack on the knuckles with a ruler was acceptable, as was a student forced to wear a dunce cap.

schoolhouse rules:
These rules were compiled by the Carver County Historical Society from sources (late 1800s and early 1900s). They have been generalized to be part of its one-room schoolhouse program.

1. Respect your school teacher. Obey and accept punishments.
2. Do not call your classmates names or fight with them. Anyone found fighting shall be locked in the closet for one hour.
3. Be silent during class. Whispering is prohibited unless it concerns school matters.
4. Do not leave your seat without permission. Anyone leaving the seat without permission shall remain after school for 25 minutes.
5. No more than one student at a time may go to the outhouse.
6. At the end of class, wash your hands and face. Wash your feet if they are bare.
7. Bring firewood into the classroom for the stove whenever the teacher tells you to.
8. Leave the classroom tidy. Anyone throwing waste paper or causing untidiness shall be made to sweep the floor after school.

-Wendy Petersen Biorn
Executive director, Carver County Historical Society