Parents had to pay for school

A certain amount of knowledge was necessary to obtain a certificate to teach and much stress was laid upon moral character and one's ability to govern the school. Beach rods were used on the boys to enforce discipline and a ruler for the girls. This severe punishment had the effect of making the scholars worse instead of better and, strange to say, boys seemed to think it rather manly to receive the punishment and were rather proud of it. Any disobedience, even whispering, was sufficient cause to order the victim to take off his coat and receive his punishment which often produced large welts on his body.

Every child between the ages of five and twenty-one drew public money but not sufficient to pay the expenses of the school, so every parent had to pay something for every child. To make the burden less, the teacher was obliged to board around from house to house, a certain time being apportioned to each scholar.

Joan Daby is town of Moriah historian.

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