Comparing Amish And North American Society

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Comparing Amish and North American Society

We can compare Amish society as seen in the movie Witness to North American society to decide which is more ideal. An ideal society is one where there is a strong sense of community among all the members. Education prepares children for life; therefore the type of education a child receives will change the society in the next generation. Although education is valued in both societies, its focus is much different. The Laws of a society reflect the values of a community, and it shows what they consider to be right and wrong. Each society has laws that reflect its values; however the way the laws are expressed is much different. Family life in a society is important, because families bring the community together. Though children are valued in both the societies, family life is different between the two when comparing the roles of the husband and the wife. The Amish lifestyle is more ideal because there is a better sense of community within the society.
Education in both societies is recognized as important. We see this in both societies because of the mandatory education laws. However, the focus of the education in each society is different. In North American society the focus of education is quite broad; to graduate highschool a person must have language, physical education, science, english and arts credits. Also, it is mandatory to attend school until grade 10. In Amish society however, school is only required up to grade 8. The education is much more focused on the practical side of things. For boys, it is important to learn how to work on the farm, not paint pictures. This is also why they are let out of school earlier; so that at the age that they are strong enough to work on the farm, they are free to do so. Thus Amish lifestyle is more ideal, because their education prepares the children for what they will do later in life.
The laws of each society show the values of that society. In North America the laws show that their society values equality, as there are many laws about the treatment of different cultures and races. In the Amish society, the law that doesn’t permit them to wear buttons reflects their value of not being vain, and the rule about not listening to music shows that they value not being worldly. Thus the values of both the societies are reflected in their laws. The difference in the laws of the two societies is the way they are kept and followed. In North America, the laws are all written down meticulously and are taken word for word. An example of this is, a few years ago, the supreme court let a man go who had...

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