America's long-running magazine for teachers celebrates 125 years

Did you know that teachers in the early- to mid-20th century were expected to educate children in nutrition, morality, even gum massage? 

America’s longest-running magazine for teachers, Scholastic Teacher™, is celebrating 125 years with an anniversary issue that will give readers an opportunity to witness the history of education and the evolution of the teacher in America as seen through its pages. 

Since its first print issue in 1891 to its impressive presence today online and in print with 525,000 monthly readers, the magazine has remained an innovative source of ideas and inspiration for teachers. To preview the 125th anniversary issue, visit: scholastic.com/scholasticteacher125.

From funny tips on how teachers should dress to integrating technology into the classroom, this special anniversary issue explores facts found in the magazine’s archives, including:

  • In 1895, the day was often started with reading a chapter of the Bible, singing a song, and doing calisthenics!
  • The two World Wars meant an emphasis on patriotism in the classroom—from used-paper drives to marching drills to starting “Clean Plate Clubs.”
  • In the 1970s, teachers were advised to set aside time for yoga and include experiential learning such as asking whether foods “have tastes that are angry, happy, etc.”

Technology in 1894, or 1954, meant something very different than today. The anniversary issue includes:

  • A tech timeline, which traces the entry of the typewriter into the market in the 1890s, overhead projectors in the 1960s, and Chromebooks and VR headsets in the 2010s.
  • The influence of science and tech: TVs first appeared in classrooms in the early 1950s. “Neither its existence nor effect can be ignored,” noted an article. After Sputnik, in 1957, a fierce drive began for more science and technology in schools.
  • Descriptions of “AV service squads” in the 1950s. These students (boys only, at that time) were tasked with setting up filmstrips, record players, and tape recorders.

The magazine even shared some dubious fashion advice for teachers, including:

  • “You are a lady before you are a teacher. In your pocket should be a pure Irish linen hand-stitched handkerchief.” (1903)
  • “Colored smocks with suitable necklines and pockets large enough to hold pencils and notebooks are proper professional dress.” (1926)
  • “For messy tasks, look professional in blue jeans with knee patches and a grandfather’s shirt.” (1976) 

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