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Who are the Amish If you are interested the values and lifestyle of the nineteenth century here is a great example The Amish is a group of religious people who live in settlements in 22 states and Ontario Canada The roots of the Amish come from Mennonite community a part of early Anabaptist Movement in Europe which took place at the time of the Reformation At that time this movement were seen as heretical and the members of the movement oppressed and people were cruelly put to death by both Catholics and Protestants As a result of this oppression from larger religious groups and having a different point of view in terms of interpretations of Christianity the Amish fled to the rural areas and isolated themselves from the others This separation from the others can be the best answer to why the Amish have insisted on being different from the contemporary world The Amish continue emphasizing the basic values of the nineteenth century Their distinctions from other minorities in America are their different beliefs community structure and their simplistic lifestyles Until 1972 the Amish were forced to complete high-school at which point the supreme court overturned this ruling to allow them to discontinue after elementary school Their lack of faith in the American school system was made them to want withdraw their children from school They feared that US high school would spoil the childrens peaceful simple tendencies and push them into crime and violence Instead of public high school they have their own schools staffed with teachers from Amish backgrounds In the words of researcher John Andrew Hosstetler The Amish school has generally been successful in preparing young people to be honest hardworking and conscientious adults capable of earning a living raising Christian family and contributing to the Amish community 29 Most Amish schools today have one room and one teacher for all eight grades and English is the language of instruction Unlike
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