Wisconsin v. Yoder

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Wisconsin v. Yoder

Three students who had attended school until the end of eighth grade in New Glarus, Wisconsin were removed from school before ninth grade by their parents, because, according the Amish traditions of the students' families, schooling was no longer necessary after junior high school, and children were to learn traditional Amish ways at home. However, there was a Wisconsin law in place at the time that required children to remain in school until at least age 16. Keeping their children in school contradicted the religious practice and cultural traditions of the three's parents, so a situation where religion and state law were combating one another was formed.


One of the fathers (Jonas Yoder) of one of the students who stopped attending school before age 16 represented the Amish community and its traditions in the court case which ensued. The Supreme Court, ruled in a unanimous decision that Wisconsin's compulsory education law was overruled by the free exercise of religion clause in the First Amendment of the Constitution, which states that federal and state mandates cannot get in the way of any citizen's free practice of religion.

The Ruling

Up until this case, some had been unfairly compelled to break religious practice and tradition for state and federal purposes, and this case clearly stated the sovereignty of free practice over that of federal and state mandates. This case is a landmark First Amendment case that upheld free practice of religion.


Background of Landmark Supreme Court Case Wisconsin v. Yoder, 1972

Wisconsin V. Yoder


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