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 ...
"How do the Amish live?"
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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 ...
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The days are getting cooler and frost is in the air. Deciduous trees and shrubs have nearly completed their autumn show in all shades of red, yellow, purple and brown. The splendor of crisp fall days can be a favorite time for runners to hit the pavement.
The 2013 Berlin Amish Country Half Marathon and 5K, now in its second year, attracts runners from near and far who look forward to one of the most challenging races in the region. Last year, nearly 500 runners participated in the race that included cold temperatures, high winds and even snow.
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