Teaching Kids During the Depression Era

Iowan recalls the hardships of teaching kids during the depression era

| Good Old Days

Imagine teaching kids from all grades during the Depression.

Days were long and work hard and pay poor - first 2 years $75 a month, then $69, then the last year $39 per month.

If kids didn't mind they would have to stand in the corner facing the wall, a punishment they didn't like so they behaved.

Teacher came early - to get in coal, start the stove, hang out the flag and bring in a pail of drinking water. Then it was time to ring the bell.

Many kids played tricks, but other kids would tell on them, so they had to stand in the corner, or miss recess or stay after school.

Helen Whitty 
Webster City, Iowa

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