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NCPR News Learn, but not too much: inside the Amish school 08/11/06 permanent archive link permalink
There are still places in America where the Amish go to public schools, but here in the North Country and in most other communities, the Amish learn in Amish schools. The schools go up to 8th grade. They use textbooks that are thirty, sometimes a hundred years old. And their methods are very different. Karen Johnson-Weiner, an anthropology professor at SUNY Potsdam, has been visiting Amish schools; her book about Amish schools will be released later this year. She told Gregory Warner that the real growth in Amish schools came as public schools changed, in the 70s. (5:25)
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2006 North Country Public Radio. Photos: courtesy Karen Johnson-Weiner, SUNY Potsdam, all rights reserved.