Leadership Symposium Early Bird Deadline Approaching | Join K-12 leaders nationwide for three days of empowering strategies, networking, and inspiration! Discounted pricing ends March 1. Register today.
Education Letter to the Editor

Photos of Amish Tragedy Disappointed This Reader

November 07, 2006 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

To the Editor:

Some 25 years ago, I was introduced to Education Week in a doctoral course. I have been an avid reader ever since, as a principal, director, and superintendent of schools. Your coverage is informative, of broad interest, and objective. I have held Education Week in the greatest respect.

That is, until this past month. As I opened my Oct. 11, 2006, issue and saw the front-page photo of a cluster of Amish children waiting to go to school, I was deeply offended and disappointed. Clearly, both Mel Evans, the Associated Press photographer, and Education Week editors should know that the Amish do not permit photographs to be taken of them—it is a violation of their faith to allow “graven images.”

My Amish friend from the area of Pennsylvania where the school shooting occurred lamented to me that while this horrible event was real, it surely did not need to be publicized all over the world. Why did we do this? I had no answer; I could only apologize.

Karen-Lee N. Brofee


Somerset County Public Schools

Westover, Md.

A version of this article appeared in the November 08, 2006 edition of Education Week as Photos of Amish Tragedy Disappointed This Reader


Jobs Virtual Career Fair for Teachers and K-12 Staff
Find teaching jobs and other jobs in K-12 education at the EdWeek Top School Jobs virtual career fair.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Reading & Literacy Webinar
Science of Reading: Emphasis on Language Comprehension
Dive into language comprehension through a breakdown of the Science of Reading with an interactive demonstration.
Content provided by Be GLAD
English-Language Learners Webinar English Learners and the Science of Reading: What Works in the Classroom
ELs & emergent bilinguals deserve the best reading instruction! The Reading League & NCEL join forces on best practices. Learn more in our webinar with both organizations.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: February 7, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: January 31, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: January 17, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education In Their Own Words The Stories That Stuck With Us, 2023 Edition
Our newsroom selected five stories as among the highlights of our work. Here's why.
4 min read
102523 IMSE Reading BS
Adria Malcolm for Education Week