Media is loading

Publication Title

What I Learned from the Amish

Document Type




Publication Date



It may sound audacious, to say that a horse-and-buggy driving group, can teach us anything about living in a hyper-tech, hyper-everything world. Yet for Professor Kraybill, the Amish demonstrate how some old-fashion things, suddenly turn relevant, once again! In nine episodes Kraybill explores what he learned from the Amish about (1) Community, (2) Technology, (3) Apprenticeship, (4) Forgiveness, (5) Hacking (6) Smallness (7) Choices (8) Humility, and (9) Death.

Episode Three: Apprenticeship

The Amish are ahead of some American schools when it comes to apprenticeship. That’s how eighth-grade educated Amish youth learn skills for technical jobs and running businesses. Ironically, a higher education magazine recently began promoting apprenticeships. What is old turns new again!


Donald B. Kraybill is professor of sociology emeritus at Elizabethtown College and senior fellow in the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist studies. An internationally recognized scholar, he has published many books and professional essays on the Amish and other Anabaptist communities in North America. His most recent book, What the Amish Teach Us is available from Johns Hopkins University Press and Amazon.