Thursday, 23 February 2012

School Punishments, 1848

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The next time you spot a child complaining of strict teaching, show them the following — a list of 46 acts considered particularly mischievous by a North Carolina school back in 1848, along with the number of lashes to be given as punishment.

A couple of notes: To "blackguard" is to be verbally abusive, and "Bandy" is a game played on ice.

(Source: The Underground History of American Education; Image: Three 19th Century schoolboys, via the National Archives.)

RULES OF THE STOKES COUNTY SCHOOL

Offense
Lashes
1. Boys & Girls Playing Together
4
2. Quarreling
4
3. Fighting
5
4. Fighting at School
5
5. Quarreling at School
3
6. Gambling or Betting at School
4
7. Playing at Cards at School
10
8. Climbing for every foot over three feet up a tree
1
9. Telling Lies
7
10. Telling Tales Out of School
8
11. Nick Naming Each Other
4
12. Giving Each Other Ill Names
3
13. Fighting Each Other in Time of Books
2
14. Swearing at School
8
15. Blackguarding Each Other
6
16. For Misbehaving to Girls
10
17. For Leaving School Without Leave of the Teacher
4
18. Going Home With Each Other without Leave of Teacher
4
19. For Drinking Spiritous Liquors at School
8
20. Making Swings & Swinging on Them
7
21. For Misbehaving when a Stranger is in the House
6
22. For Wearing Long Finger Nails
2
23. For not Making a Bow when a Stranger Comes in
3
24. Misbehaving to Persons on the Road
4
25. For not Making a Bow when you Meet a Person
4
26. For Going to Girl’s Play Places
3
27. For Going to Boy’s Play Places
4
28. Coming to School with Dirty Face and Hands
2
29. For Calling Each Other Liars
4
30. For Playing Bandy
10
31. For Bloting Your Copy Book
2
32. For Not Making a bow when you go home
4
33. For Not Making a bow when you come away
4
34. Wrestling at School
4
35. Scuffling at School
4
36. For Weting each Other Washing at Play Time
2
37. For Hollowing and Hooping Going Home
3
38. For Delaying Time Going Home or Coming to School
3
39. For Not Making a Bow when you come in or go out
2
40. For Throwing anything harder than your trab ball
4
41. For every word you miss in your lesson without excuse
1
42. For Not saying yes Sir or no Sir or yes Marm, no Marm
2
43. For Troubling Each Others Writing Affairs
2
44. For Not Washing at Play Time when going to Books
4
45. For Going and Playing about the Mill or Creek
6
46. For Going about the barn or doing any mischief about
7

Wm. A. Chaffin, Master, November 10, 1848.