Susan Eicher, 16, did a superb job of writing her mother's column this week. She's an articulate young woman and intelligent. She always made great grades in school. So what was her schooling like? Like most Amish children in her settlement, she attended public schools. For her final grade, though, eighth grade, she decided to home-school. Since Amish children only attend school through the 8th grade, attending at home shelters them from some of the more adult influences that begin to seep into public school junior high. Click here to watch a video of me "taking over Susan's classroom" for a few minutes last year.