Train Up a Child: Old Order Amish and Mennonite Schools

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Train Up a Child explores how private schools in Old Order Amish communities reflect and perpetuate church-community values and identity. Here, Karen M. Johnson-Weiner asserts that the reinforcement of those values among children is imperative to the survival of these communities in the modern world.

Surveying settlements in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York, Johnson-Weiner finds that, although Old Order communities have certain similarities in their codes of conduct, there is no standard Old Order school. She examines the choices each community makes—about pedagogy, curriculum, textbooks, even school design—to strengthen religious ideology, preserve the social and linguistic markers of Old Order identity, and protect their own community's beliefs and values from the influence of the dominant society.

In the most comprehensive study of Old Order schools to date, Johnson-Weiner provides valuable insight into how variables such as community size and relationship with other Old Order groups affect the role of these schools in maintaining behavioral norms and in shaping the Old Order's response to modernity.

 

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Contents

Private Schools and Old Order Life
1
Old Order Schools and Old Order Identities
21
CHAPTER 3
35
The Swartzentruber Schools
40
CHAPTER 4 Small Schools in Small Settlements
72
Mainstream Amish Schools
103
Progressive Amish Schools
130
Old Order Mennonite Schools in Lancaster County
167
Whats Education For?
229
A Informants
247
B Schools and Locations
250
Hectograph Recipe
252
Representative School Schedules
253
Notes
255
Bibliography
273
Index
283

Publish or Perish
206

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About the author (2007)

Karen M. Johnson-Weiner is an associate professor of linguistic anthropology and the chair of the Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Potsdam.

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