Lessons from the Amish on how to bring education back to the heart of the family.

Imagine it’s a beautiful fall day. You’re whizzing down country roads, enjoying the vibrant colors of red and yellow maples, when suddenly, a bright-orange triangle catches your eye. Slamming on the brakes, you realize that an Amish buggy is just ahead, and you curiously crane your neck, hoping for a glimpse of the plainly clad individuals inside.

Alas, your vehicle’s slowed pace leaves you little more than a glimpse of them, and you speed on, glad you’re heading back to modernity and its conveniences rather than stuck behind a horse.

Many of us would be loath to leave life as we know it and join the Amish community, but the fact is, they have a lot going for them. So when I recently ran across a few notes I had taken on the Amish school system, courtesy of John Taylor Gatto’s book “Weapons of Mass Instruction,” I stopped to read more closely.

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