I don't know if I can answer all the questions you asked about the school in one post, but I will start. It takes Susan and the other children abour 20 minutes to get to school from Martha and Joseph's house. They go in a carriage and stop along the way to pick up some of the other children that go to school. It is too far to walk. Some of the other children live right down the road or near the school and they can walk.
Our teachers do not have a college education to teach. If a young lady would like to be a teacher in a school, she starts as a teachers's assistant when she is about 16. She also goes to teacher meetings with the current Old Order Mennonite teachers that they have three or four times a year. When a teacher position is open, then the assistant teacher can apply likes ours did when our teacher retired. So our previous assistant teacher is now our teacher. A teacher's assistant can not become a teacher until she is at least 18 years old.
Yes, Old Order Mennonite conserve and reuse as much as we can like we did in the construction of the new school. If it can be fixed up or refinished and use, why waste the money to replace it? On the other hand if it is dangerous, we would not keep it to injure someone especially one of the students. Of course in books, teaching supplies, have to be kept up with the State of New York so old ones are replaced as needed.
In most of the subjects the students have to follow state regulation as far as what is taught and they do have to take certain exams that are given by the State. Our grades one through eight must match that of the state of New York's same grades. They are both the same grade level although when tests are given it seems that Old Order Mennonite and Amish students get higher marks than many of the public schools students of the same grade do. We believe it is do being in a one room school each student get special help or put up a grade in one subject. Like Susan reads in fourth grade level even though she is in second grade-so the teacher has her reading on a fourth grade level while the rest of her subjects are on second grade level. Also if a child has problems with a subject like say math (as the high schools call it), they may be on a lower grade while the rest of their subjects are in their regular grade. Also teacher, teacher's assistant and older students will give special help to a student that needs it to bring them up to the levvel they should be. I don't think special help or time are given to students in the public schools like is given in ours.
I believe I answered this, but will again, Old Order Mennonite 8th grade education has to be at least as high as the State of New York's. We believe ours is a little higher than the states, but our grade level does not go to high school level. We feel that education after the 8th grade level is not needed for our way of lives.
There are still more questions and I will continue to answer these questions in a coming post.
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