The Hutterites are a unique group in that they have maintained their social structure for over four centuries. This structure is characterized by economy of human effort, communal sharing of wealth and a high degree of security for the individual. Both spiritual and material needs are satisfied.
By living on large acreages of communally owned land, the Hutterites maintain a degree of geographic isolation. Their German dialect and distinctive dress assure social isolation. To Hutterites, honoring God requires communal living, devout pacifism, proper observance of religious practices and refraining from excessive outside influence through television, radio and computers.
The Hutterites are the largest family-type communal group in the Western world. They are especially noted for large-scale farming, larger families, and effective training of the young. All Hutterites inhabit the United States and Canada; there are none left in the European areas of their origin.
Colony Liaison and Protocol
The German teacher is in charge of all school age children for German classes, meal supervision, chores, and curfew. School related matters, such as field trips, schedules, and absences, should be brought to him first. If he is unsure, he may refer the English teacher to the Minister or the Colony Boss. In matters of tradition, the Minister and his cabinet have the final word.
It is hoped that English and German teachers will establish a good working relationship with each other. The English teacher must teach the Colony children according to Colony expectations, and still fulfill curriculum requirements in a professional manner.