Discipline Was Enforced in One-Room Schoolhouse

Punishment was handed out to students who misbehaved in one-room schoolhouse.

| Good Old Days

I'm writing about my one-room schoolhouse, Hickory Grove School. My school had desks that seated two pupils, but only one pupil was assigned to each while I attended. The girls were seated on one side of the room and the boys on the other. If a boy was caught throwing spit balls teacher made him sit with a girl of her choice. If caught whispering and it was a girl, she had to sit with a boy. Most embarrassing! It didn't happen often.

Another punishment was to have to stand at the blackboard with your nose in a chalk ring on the blackboard.

Marguerite Schneider
Lenzburg, Illinois

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