The Amish Schools of Indiana: Faith in Education

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Purdue University Press, 2004 - Education - 210 pages
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The fascinating story of the Old Order Amish parochial school movement in Indiana is brilliantly detailed by Stephen Harroff in The Amish School of Indiana . From its beginnings in 1948 through 2002, readers are invited into the school at numerous points, to sit in on classes, school programs, and impromptu celebrations. Harroff delicately preserves the anonymity of his subjects and adheres to the Amish practices concerning posed pictures while making use of over fifty photographs to document the state of Old Order Amish education in Indiana . Harroff, who has a long history of work with the Old Order Amish in Indiana , melds his first-hand experience in the school during his residency to reveal his thorough work.
 

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Contents

The Buildings and Grounds
19
The Pupils
41
The Teachers
58
Molding Proper Scholars
83
Preparing for Life after School
103
Teacher Education
119
Difficulties at School
136
Community Interaction
150
Indiana Amish Schools
165
Notes
191
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Stephen Harroff has taught the German language, literature, and culture at IPFW for over 30 years. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Indiana University President's Award for Distinguished Teaching. His maternal grandfather taught in one of the first Old Order Amish schools; his mother substituted as a teacher for Amish children in Adams County; and the author spent three months of residency during 1997 in the Amish parochial schools, including several days of substitute teaching. The author is an avid angler, mountain hiker, and collector of artifacts from the American West.

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