The Amish are a group of traditional Christians from Germany. Their language is Pennsylvania Dutch and German is a dialect. For many years, people have seen them as secluded communities living in their own world and creating reality, far from our current era.
The Amish strictly follow the teachings in Ordnung. Ordnung is the German word for “order”, which is a set of rules that govern the way of life of the Amish and Mennonites. These communities live simple lifestyles and are known for their simple dress and avoidance of modern technology.
Although the Amish people seem to be a peaceful group, you may not know some hidden facts about their culture. Let’s take a look at the Amish traditions that you won’t believe in.
Today I want to share the Amish tradition of Discourages Higher Education
A community that sticks to each other, their traditions, and their identity believe that the world should not influence you. Because of this, they highly discourage higher education. They believe in sticking together and creating a united front because having an individual pursuing higher education may lead to them being socially segregated. They value rural life and have their own schools, where they share their values on to younger generations.
The learning that goes on in their institutions is basic. They learn how to read and write with subjects like Math and Spelling. However, they aren’t introduced to biology, chemistry, physics, history, or geography. The highest level of education is 8th grade, and there is also very little involvement in current events and politics.
The teachers are usually from the Amish community as well, passing on the beliefs the community holds. For the Amish community, it’s more practical for the younger generation to be equipped with skills that they may use in their trade when they’re older. They are trained in sewing, carpentry, and farming.