05-Jan-2015 14:52 by 8 Comments


There are Amish children who go to non-Amish public schools, even schools that are far away and that include a very small Amish population.

But for the most part, they have been resolved, and the educational authorities allow the Amish to educate their children in their own ways.

Sometimes, there are conflicts between the state-mandated minimum age for discontinuing schooling, and the younger age of children who have completed the eighth grade.

This is often handled by having the children repeat the eighth grade until they are old enough to leave school.

In the past, in comparisons of standardized test scores of Amish students, the Amish have performed above the national average for rural public school pupils in spelling, word usage, and arithmetic. Hostetler (1918–2001), who was born into an Amish family, wrote several books about the Amish, Hutterites, and Old Order Mennonites, and was then considered the foremost academic authority on the Amish.

As time has passed, the Amish have felt pressures from the modern world.

Their traditional rural way of life is becoming more and more different from modern society.

Isolated groups of Amish population may have genetic disorders and other problems of closed communities.

Amish make decisions on health, education and relationships based on their Biblical beliefs.

Amish life has influenced some things in popular culture.

Almost no Amish go to high school, much less to college.

In many communities, the Amish operate their own schools, which are typically one-room schoolhouses with teachers (young unmarried women) from the Amish community.

These schools provide education in many crafts, and are therefore eligible as vocational education, fulfilling the nationwide requirement of education through the 10th grade or its equivalent.