Amish Education: A Synthesis

Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies

Anderson, Cory. 2015.

3(1):1-24.

Research Points
  • Existing research argues that Amish schools functionally reinforce core Amish ideologies and social structures
    • E.g. , schools socialize children into values such as wisdom over critical thinking, Christian ethics, humility, respect for authority, heritage / tradition, and separation from the world.
    • E.g., schools reinforce social structures like dense social networks, enclavic spatial configuration, material economy, small organizational scale, mutual aid, cultural symbols and language use, and key roles like teacher and school board member
  • Some anomalies exist such as special education provision, dysfunctions, and alternative schooling options

  • More research is needed that employs other theories beyond functionalism, such as conflict theory

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