Amish culture explained

By: 
Nancy Ritsema - Ellsworth

In response to a recent letter in the “Antrim Review” from Mr. Terrance Graham of Central Lake, I would like to clarify that the Amish settlement in the East Jordan area, referred to in my recent article on what we might learn from the Amish, does apply for and receive necessary zoning and building permits for their home and business constructions, including in the recent construction of their one-room, grades one through 8 school and community building on Graham Road in Charlevoix County. (The Amish settlement spills over from Antrim County into Charlevoix County on Graham Road and elsewhere in the area.)

 As to the legitimacy or certification of their teachers in the new school, the Amish receive an exemption from state standards required of public-school teachers.  To give a little background on why they receive that exemption, I would like to quote again from Donald B. Krayhill’s book, “What the Amish Teach Us.”


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