Mennonite language, culture, history, and education: a general overview and review of the literature



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Texas Tech University


A unique population of immigrants has been identified in West Texas. They are largely from Mexico, but they are of neither Native American, nor of Hispanic descent. Instead, they are Mennonites; and though they stand out most visibly through their costume, language, and outstanding work ethic, they remain isolated from the mainstream and mysterious to even their closest neighbours. Their children attend local schools and seem to acculturate well. Yet then they are withdrawn at an early age, much to the frustration of teachers and administrators. Little is commonly known about Mennonite culture and origins. This paper presents an overview of various aspects of the Mennonites' unique background in the hope of fostering a greater understanding of their roots and their world view, and eventually, their educational needs.