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Wisconsin v. Yoder

United States Supreme Court
406 U.S. 205 (1972)



Jonas Yoder, Wallace Miller, and Adin Yutzy (collectively, Defendants), adherents of the Amish religion and traditional Amish life, were charged by the state of Wisconsin (plaintiff) with violating its requirement that parents send children under 16 to school. The Amish objected to high-school education on the grounds that it promoted values contradictory to the Amish way of life. The Amish were also concerned that interaction within the high-school peer group would prevent Amish teens from integrating into their Amish community. The Amish approved of their children going to school through the eighth grade in order to learn fundamental intellectual and socialization skills. After eighth grade, Amish children were given a practical education to learn skills relevant to their agrarian lifestyle. Defendants were convicted. The Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed, and the state appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Burger, C. J.)

Dissent (Douglas, J.)

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