Okay, I promise I am not trying to stir things up nor get any teachers in trouble. I just think this is a topic worth discussing and if not on this site than where? I think as a general rule our society is hyper-politically correct, hyper-sensitive and people walk on egg shells afraid to say anything about anything and that is a shame. So long as it is respectful, I think spirited dialogue from all sides of the political spectrum should be heard and shared. We all become richer for the exchange. So a third-grade class in Pennsylvania decided to have an "Amish Day." I'm all for that and they incorporated food into the lesson which I think is great. I saw a whoopie pie on one of the child's plate, which is perfect. But dressing up Amish? I don't know, I was kind of torn when I saw this. Wouldn't other groups protest if an Native American unit featured students dressing up in feathers and war-paint, for instance? I think what really flummoxed me is that the elementary school is located in of all places Lancaster County. Now have school budgets gotten so watered down that they couldn't have taken a short field trip? Sheesh, they have one of the largest population of Amish in the world literally within 15 minutes of their school... they could have gone to an Amish dairy farm in the area for a tour and come away with a much greater cultural experience. I just worry that reducing the Amish experience down to bonnets and hats waters down what they are all about, which is a rich faith with a deep history. If this had been a school district in, say,Louisiana or Arizona where there are no Amish nearby, then maybe dress-up would have been more appropriate...I don't know....any thoughts?
About Kevin Williams
Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.