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    Check out this Amish teenagers buggy. I wonder what the older Amish think of this??

    http://gizmodo.com/5019871/if-this-is-amish-ill-take-it
    The average woman would rather have beauty than brains, because the average man can see better than he can think.

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    Interesting link, Floridagirly. Last night I saw a documentary called "Devils Playground" on PBS. Here's a link to some info about the film:

    http://www.21cmagazine.com/issue1/devils_playground.html

    I live in the heart of Amish country & had heard tales about "Rumspringa" but always assumed they were Urban Legends. Who knew?
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    • #3
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      Originally posted by Manzanita View Post
      Interesting link, Floridagirly. Last night I saw a documentary called "Devils Playground" on PBS. Here's a link to some info about the film:

      http://www.21cmagazine.com/issue1/devils_playground.html

      I live in the heart of Amish country & had heard tales about "Rumspringa" but always assumed they were Urban Legends. Who knew?

      Thanks for sharing. That's really interesting. I agree....who knew???
      The average woman would rather have beauty than brains, because the average man can see better than he can think.

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        Very interesting. Of course with only an 8th grade education these kids don't have a chance in the outside world.

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          Sabine, some of us with higher education don't have a lick of common sense. I guess the scales would need to be weighed.

          My Dad only had an 8th grade education (not by choice - his parents were ill and he had to run the family store) and was the smartest man I knew. He ran 3 successul businesses and still made time for his family.
          "Everyone's a star and deserves the right to twinkle"

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          • #6
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            In order for these kids in today's world to be able to get a job that will pay enough to support themselves and a family , they will have to have at least a HS education. Your Dad did well, which is wonderful, but for every kid with only an 8th grade education that is doing well later in life, there are tons of kids who don't, and not just Amish children.
            Yes, people can be smart without higher education, but when you go for that job interview I can guarantee you the employer will check on how much higher education you have. And if you don't have that college degree or a trade school education you may never even get an interview , no matter how smart you really are. Just my observation and opinion.

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              I watched the program that he is talking about. I believe it was on Dateline. That kid with the pimped up buggy is seriously thinking that he will stay within the Amish community after his "Rumspringa".

              Some factions do not allow "Rumspringa" and that is when you get the "runaways".

              I have to agree with Sabine. Back when some of our parents were growing up education just was not as important as today. A lot of people back then did not have more than an 8th or 9th grade education so it was the norm. Today it is not the norm and not really accepted in our society as a whole.
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                Originally posted by Cindy View Post
                I have to agree with Sabine. Back when some of our parents were growing up education just was not as important as today. A lot of people back then did not have more than an 8th or 9th grade education so it was the norm. Today it is not the norm and not really accepted in our society as a whole.
                Agree, 30-40 years ago that wouln't matter, but this is a different age and time. I work with a woman who is whining because no one will her her son a job or a chance, he dropped out of school in the 11th grade, with his parents permission, and won't get a ged. Business want at least a high school diploma.

                He did it to himself.

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                  My boss's daughter got involved with an Amish boy during his "Rumpspringa". They had a baby but were not married, and their relationship failed. Since then he has gone back to the Amish community and boss's granddaughter goes there for visitation. He picked her up from visitation one time and they had her in little Amish girl clothing, complete with bonnet. He was upset for a moment, but hey, it's part of her heritage.

                  He drew a circle that shut me out -
                  Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
                  But Love and I had the wit to win:
                  We drew a circle that took him in.
                  -Edwin Markham

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by Dickens View Post
                    ...They had a baby but were not married...
                    (((GASP!!!))) lol..

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by kiop View Post
                      (((GASP!!!))) lol..
                      LOL. It was part of the story!

                      He drew a circle that shut me out -
                      Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
                      But Love and I had the wit to win:
                      We drew a circle that took him in.
                      -Edwin Markham

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                      • #12
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                        I wish everyone (media) would leave the Amish alone. They don't ask for the attention, and everyone should just respect their ways.

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                          I agree, but unfortunately, I think the media has lists of crap to print in the event of non-newsy days, such as those we are currently going thru.. (until the election gets into full swing, ((puke)) )..

                          Let's see..

                          - Amish anomalies (can always find a story)
                          - Shark attacks (happens every day)
                          - Tornadoes (happens hundreds of times a day)
                          - Forrest Fires (the west has been on fire for decades, lol)
                          - Senator Bird's Death (oops, that hasn't happened yet, but I'm sure they have been waiting for it for like 30 years, lol.. what is he, like 120? lol.. )

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                          • #14
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                            LOL, they are going to have to carry Bird out of the Senate building feet first.

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                            • #15
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                              Originally posted by family of 5 View Post
                              I wish everyone (media) would leave the Amish alone. They don't ask for the attention, and everyone should just respect their ways.
                              They don't ask for the attention, but greatly depend on "the English" tourism. If "left alone" who would buy the baked goods and jams they hawk roadside? The majority of their outside businesses rely on the non-Amish to succeed financially.

                              I read a book written by an adult Amish woman who left the community, which really opened my eyes. I have to agree with Sabine (again!) on this one. Kiop, your Senator Bird comment is a riot.

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