Friday, September 5, 2014

1834 Old School - The School of Good Manners - Rules for Children

In 1834, the Massachusettes Sabbath School Society borrowed from a book called The School of Good Manners, which had been around for over a century, to publish a few rules of behavior for their children.  I must be past my rebellious years, because lots of these general precepts make sense to me. Or, as a dear friend reminds me regularly, it could be that I have the emotional maturity of a 12-year-old.  And, I do have trouble with the "Provoke nobody" admonition.

Love God...
Reverence your parents.
Submit to your superiors.
Despise not your inferiors.
Be courteous to your equals.
Pray daily & devoutly.
Converse with the good.
Imitate not the wicked.
Be always desirous of learning.
Study virtue & embrace it.
Provoke nobody.
Restrain your tongue.
Covet future honor, which only virtue & wisdom can procure.