The Amish believe strongly in education, but only provide formal education through the eighth grade. They are exempt from state compulsory attendance beyond the eighth grade based on religious principles. Schooling concentrates on the basic reading, writing and math skills, along with vocational training and socialization in Amish history and values.


Many Amish communities provide parochial schools for their children. A local farmer or other landowner will donate land for a school house and the community will assist in building it. Most of the schools are governed by a local school board made up of parents of the children in ...
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"How do the Amish live?"

Read our comprehensive guide to why the Amish live the way they do. We offer a list of informative articles to help you understand their culture, and way of life.





By Nancy Lembke

A heavy haze blocks the morning sun and blankets the valleys. Only a few high hilltops peek through the low-hanging cloud, creating the visual effect of tiny islands surrounded by oblique white water.  The damp, heavy air creates a unique stillness while also enhancing sounds coming from nearby Amish farm livestock.

Maple trees begin to display their colors of gold, yellow, red and rust-colored leaves as the haze slowly surrenders to the heat of the sun.  Many trees have released their glorious splendor to a recent wind and rain, but others still show off their God-given beauty.

The dance of ...
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By Laurie Sidle

They’ll harness nothing but horse power for the 21st annual Horse Progress Days July 4-5 at the Mount Hope Auction Barns. The event, being held for the fifth time in Mount Hope, showcases the latest innovations in equipment and hitching techniques in the draft horse industry.

Expecting to draw both Amish and English populations as well as foreign visitors, Horse Progress Days will feature 250 horses for field work and breed presentations, according to Mose Hershberger, a local planner of Horse Progress Days. He and fellow organizer Willis Miller recently discussed the event with the Wayne County Agricultural Leaders, ...
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