For social workers who want to serve the Amish population and anyone who wants to acquire Amish cultural awareness

What you'll learn:

  • Identify 3 differences between the Amish and Mennonites

  • Describe Amish culture vs. religion

  • Master 3 do’s and don’ts when visiting Amish Country

  • Explain why Amish children stop school at the 8th grade

  • Recognize 4 popular myths about the Amish

Prerequisites:

  • None

Description:

This course is aimed at social workers, educators, and creatives who are interested in Amish culture and/or who want to serve the Amish population, and similar educationally deprived insular religious groups.

This course is for you if:

  • You’re passionate about learning and believe that every child should have the right to a quality education that prepares them for citizenship and encourages them to contribute to the global community

  • You'd like to see an increase in civic engagement in rural disadvantaged populations

  • You’re interested in the tension between religious liberty and individual rights and how that plays out behind closed doors in the Amish (and similar insular groups)

  • You want to effectively advocate for underserved, underrepresented, educationally deprived or disadvantaged populations that typically are inaccessible to social workers and policymakers

  • You want to accurately portray the Amish population in your creative projects


This course is not for you if:

  • You believe that a child’s human and constitutional right to an adequate education is less important than a parent/guardian or religion’s right to prohibit the fulfillment of the child's right

  • Education and children's rights are not important to you

  • You’re not interested in learning about the hidden crises within the Amish population (e.g., sexual abuse, violation of women’s, children’s, and LGBTQ+ rights, poverty, mental health, PTSD, etc.)

At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Summarize five (5) major topics in Amish culture, and determine your next step on your cultural literacy journey.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Who Are the Amish? 5-Day Challenge; How to Get Started

    • Who Are the Amish? Everything You Need to Know to Get Started as a Social Worker, Educator, or Advocate - Introduction Video

    • Who Are the Amish? 5-Day Challenge - Roadmap

    • Who Are the Amish? 5-Day Challenge - Roadmap (PDF)

    • Join the Facebook Group here

    • Have you taken the quiz yet?

    • How Much Do You Actually Know About the Amish? Quiz

  • 2

    How to Tell the Difference Between the Amish and Mennonites: Day 1

    • What's the Difference Between the Amish and Mennonites?

    • How to Know the Difference Between the Amish, Mennonites, Hutterites, and Quakers (short video)

  • 3

    How to Tell the Difference Between Amish Culture and Amish Religion: Day 2

    • What's the Difference Between Amish Culture and Amish Religion?

    • What's the Difference Between Amish Culture and Amish Religion? A Quick Guide (Cheat Sheet)

  • 4

    3 Do’s and Don’ts When Visiting Amish Country (Amish Etiquette): Day 3

    • 3 Do’s and Don’ts When Visiting Amish Country (Amish Etiquette)

    • 3 Do’s and Don’ts When Visiting Amish Country (PDF)

  • 5

    Why Amish Children Stop Going to School After the 8th Grade (Amish Education): Day 4

    • Why Do Amish Children Stop Going to School After the 8th Grade? (Amish Education)

    • Marci Hamilton: What About Children's Rights? Overturning Wisconsin v. Yoder - KEYNOTE

    • Marci Hamilton: What About Children's Rights? Overturning Wisconsin v. Yoder - AUDIENCE Q&As

  • 6

    Popular Myths About the Amish: Day 5

    • Popular Myths About the Amish that Everyone Should Stop Believing

    • 4 Popular Myths About the Amish (PDF)

    • Short Quiz before you go....

    • Why Do Amish Live That Way? WHAT'S NEXT

  • 7

    BONUS: Challenge Graduation Certificate

    • Who Are the Amish? 5-Day Challenge Graduation Certificate

Who this course is for:

  • Social workers, educators, and creatives who are interested in Amish culture and/or who want to serve the Amish population, and similar educationally deprived or disadvantaged insular religious groups.