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believe modern or AEnglish@ culture threatens the sanctity of their
traditional values. They adhere to the Bible=s teachings and its lessons. They prefer to mold a young child=s mind and world view without distractions
caused by mingling with modern society. They expect to be able to educate
their children without the distractions and with the curriculum they find
useful for their way of life.
Amish are mistakenly viewed as being against education. In fact, Amish are
not against education, but they want to structure it so it is conducive with
their lifestyle. They want children to learn basics of reading, writing and
arithmetic with a minimum of Aworldly@ influences. They believe life experience is a
better lesson than higher education.
means an education that does not proceed beyond the eighth grade. They feel
higher education comes at a crucial time in a child=s religious development. It should also be noted that the Amish do pay
public school taxes as well as building and maintaining their own elementary
one-room private school staffed with Amish teachers.
method and approach to education might be difficult for non-Amish people to
understand. However, you have to consider that an expanded outlook is not a
virtue to the Amish. But carrying on the revered traditions to the younger
generation is moral because it protects their values.
Match the following words to the definitions (2 points).
To come close in time or place.
Your general attitude towards life.
Someone or something that is likely to harm or destroy.
People who work for an institution.
Answer the following questions (1.5 points).
What do Amish people base their beliefs on?
What is the Amish opinion about education?
What do Amish people think about experience?
Put the following sentences into the passive (1.5 points).
Acid rain is destroying the forests of Germany.
The ancient Egyptians used papyrus to write on
Rewrite the follwing sentences without changing the meaning of the original (2
Despite the age of the house, we managed to sell it.
Her children have long conversations on the phone. Consequently, the phone
bills are expensive (Result).
Helen is very busy at work. Andrea is on holiday (whereas).
The temperature was freezing. The children were sent home (reason)
Although the tickets were expensive, we went to the concert (In spite of)
Composition (80 words) What is your opinion about the current educational
system? (3 points).