Amish not ignorant

Sep 24, 2018 by

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According to the Amish Heritage Foundation, the 1972 Supreme Court decision Wisconsin v. Yoder, which allowed the Amish to end schooling after eighth grade, brought enforced ignorance and a feeling of entrapment (“Dark Side to Amish Religious Freedom?,” Aug. 13). I have sympathy for people who feel trapped, but the Amish are not ignorant. Allowing the government to force Amish youth into public high schools, where they would be taught to conform and urged to go to college, even if it means a life of indebtedness, is not the way out of feeling trapped.

Roger Ulrich
Kalamazoo, Mich.


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