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Amish Schools & Education

 

The Amish believe strongly in education, but only provide formal education through the eighth grade and only in their own private schools.

The Amish are exempt from state compulsory attendance beyond the eighth grade based on religious principles, the result of a 1972 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

 

One-room Amish schools are private institutions, operated by Amish parents. Schooling concentrates on the basic reading, writing, math and geography, along with vocational training and socialization in Amish history and values.

 

Education is also a big part of home life, with farming and homemaking skills considered an important part of an Amish child's upbringing.

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