Amish vs American Culture

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The Amish’s most important aspect of their way of life is their religion. The Amish religion defines who they are and why they choose to live apart from the dominant culture in society as we know it. The Amish separate themselves from an every day natural culture that most Americans find strange such as, they do not vote and they do not believe in having phones within their residences. The Amish people have not changed their way of life too much in the recent years from what they've always been used to. Their religious values, controlling use of technologies, sustaining gender roles and family, education, work life, and resistance to cultural change remain as their fundamental purpose in the way they have chosen to live their every day lives. Education within the Amish world is extremely different then American main stream. They are taught the necessary subjects they need for living in small private schools and the Amish believe that anything past an eighth grade education isn't necessary because furthering ones education past that would promote superiority which is not allowed in the Amish community. The things that you don’t know, they believe that you will learn everything else through working. When Amish children turn 16, the rules change. They're encouraged to experiment and explore. The idea is that teens will come back to the church after tasting the modern world. For most, this means a tentative foray; a trip to the local movie theater or driving lessons. But for some, the experience, called Rumspringa, is all about sex, wearing non traditional clothes and hair, drinking smoking, parties, and fast cars. Women tend to stay more true to their culture when taking part in the American culture. They maintain wearing their normal everyday outfit which normally consists of a bonnet or hat of some sort and long dresses that do not expose much of the body. Boys on
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