Did you know Amish children — and adults — are forbidden from going to school after the 8th grade?

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Surprising Facts About Amish & American Education


of Amish attend school beyond the 8th grade

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of Amish speak English as a second language (avg 4th to 5th grade literacy)

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of Amish learn STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), civics, law, politics, sex education, and the arts

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It Gets Worse

Did You Know?

If you’re an American citizen, even YOU do not have the right to learn — not even learning how to read, write, and speak English — according to the United States federal government.

About The Amish Heritage Foundation

The Amish Heritage Foundation is a history-making 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to empowering Amish women and children through education past the 8th grade, and fostering public awareness about the crises hidden in Amish society.

We bridge the gap between the Amish and the public, and advocate for making education a federal Constitutional right for American citizens.

Our Goal

Make a Real Change in American & Indigenous Children’s Lives

In 1972, the United States Supreme Court decided in Wisconsin v. Yoder that Amish children do not have the right to any future other than one inside the Amish Church.

An Amish child is prohibited by law from becoming anything but a “housewife” or a “farmer”, according to the Wisconsin v. Yoder case document.

"Even though I was a US citizen, when I escaped at 21 years old, I didn't have a birth certificate and my parents refused to sign paperwork saying I'm their child. The Amish Heritage Foundation helped me get my birth certificate, so I could get a job, an apartment, and other rights as an American citizen."

21-year-old Amish Female

"The Amish Heritage Foundation has provided me with life-changing emotional support, influence and guidance. I don’t feel so alone anymore."

Amish Female College Student

"When I escaped, I didn't even know if I had a birth certificate. The Amish Heritage Foundation helped me get documented right away, so I could get a job and be recognized as an American citizen."

18-year-old Amish Male

"If it weren't for The Amish Heritage Foundation and their dedicated staff, we would never have been able to stand up to the abuse inside our church. We would have just given up."

Practicing Amish Wife & Husband

Join us in trailblazing the way for Amish women and girls’ constitutional rights

We are wholly dependent on you — our non-Amish advocates and partners — to successfully reclaim our Amish story and address long-ignored issues.

Inspired by enlightenment principles, you — as a member of our Amish Insider community of allies — can help guide a new generation of Amish leaders seeking transformation and engagement with the rest of the world.

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Amish Insider Blog by The Amish Heritage Foundation