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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We still smile when we recall the question from a lady who called to make reservations. It was in early May and she was making plans to come sometime later that year.
"Can you tell me what week you think will have the best weather between now and October?" she innocently asked.
The question caught me totally by surprise. Finally I replied, "Well, in Ohio there is a saying; "if you don't like the weather, wait an hour as a change will likely be coming"."
While it may not be that unpredictable, there are seasons in ...
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