(Teacher's Lament)

By: (Anonymous)

Price: $125.00

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This is a single, handwritten sheet with writing on recto only. There seems to be a title at the top, but it is not readable (at least not by me). The sheet has some wear and aging with two corners torn, some other small chips. There is general age-toning to the paper and some old vertical and horizontal creasing, mostly flattened. When I acquired this sheet, I was told it dated from 1830, based on other material that the former owner had. However, I suspect it is from later in the 19th century probably from 1880 to 1900. The essay is essentially a teacher's lament about the diffculties of dealing with young people.. I do not know if this is original or copied. A transcript follows this description. The essay is a good corrective for those who like to talk about the "good old days." Transcript: "O the labor, O the care, O the perplexity of a teacher's life. My bones groan with pain, my flesh cries out with weariness, my heart is sick and discouraged. No rest from one end of the term to the other. What a scene each day. Studies goad me up before light. Before school time I am exhausted. But no delay. The ever ringing bell drags me to the schoolroom. There my trials are augmented. It takes forever for them to get still to read. Now a class goes out to recite making as much noise as if they were all boots. Here an idle urchin lounges on the seat. There another is rattling his piece of paper. A third is watching his teacher. A fourth is studying loudly. A fifth because he can't whisper is writing on his slate. Another wants to go out. Then comes their lessons. One has lost his book. Another gets the wrong lesson. The next has none. The next pays no attention to an explanation. One wants to go faster. Another slower. And a third don't want to go at all. If I scold, and draw a straight rein some will be mad, and if I let them do as they please they will complain, and if scholars don't learn their parents lay it all to their teachers. No rest by day, and when night comes cares and perplexities disturb my slumber. None have so little leisure as I. I will leave this tiresome business and will take up the law where all is leisure and amusement." ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 1 pages

Title: (Teacher's Lament)

Author Name: (Anonymous)

Categories: Education,

Publisher: Unknown, Self: ca. 1880

Binding: Softcover

Seller ID: 16360

Keywords: Education Humor Teaching Essay Non-fiction Paper Ephemera