Small, well-written articles make for interesting reading. A teacher retirees’ newsletter recently included a paragraph each from several New York teachers. The first one was a teacher who started in Prattsburgh at a yearly salary of $3,000, which was considered high in her hometown, but they wanted to match a Long Island offer. Aha! The downturn was they gave her forty-four students rather than the State recommended thirty.
That was the year petticoats were in style. Not for her, because the distance between desks wouldn’t allow that. The men teachers got the same salary, but had to put up with boys who challenged them to a fight. (How do you put that down from a racially different boy?)
I say, Lord, vive la différence!