I started this blog after reading the book ‘Educated: a Memoir” by Tara Westover. I have just started reading in the last few years again after a long hiatus from reading. I had been feeling like there were not any good books out there anymore and that too many have started publishing books on their own just because they can through Amazon Kindle and they were not really writers.
Educated is the story of a girl born into a crazy Mormon family who did not believe in education or medicine. It was also a very abusive family with the father and one brother physically and verbally abusing her and the other kids. At times it is almost unbelievable… and she went on to earn a PHD from Cambridge. She started learning on her own and taught herself math on her own from a book without any help. How did she have the strength and persistence to get through that? I would have like to heard more on what it really took for her to do that. What did she have that people today don’t have when it comes to pursing learning? What was driving her inside? I know it was driven by the violence in her family life and wanting something better, but how does one overcome that inside?
Everyone likes this book – The Blurb on Amazon says:
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Personally, it was OK but it just at times seems poorly written for a PHD. What it did do though, was to make me think.
Is this part of our current problems (homelessness, poverty, crime, terrorism)- people who are uneducated to the point that they don’t even know that things like the Holocaust did really happen? (Tara did not know until she was in college).
What does having an education really mean today? While some people are very successful without a college education or even a high school education, would people who are not successful and who end up homeless or shooting up schools, benefit from more education?
In an interview with Bill Gates, she goes on to say
“I worry that education is becoming a stick that some people use to beat other people into submission or becoming something that people feel arrogant about,” she said. “I think education is really just a process of self-discovery—of developing a sense of self and what you think. I think of [it] as this great mechanism of connecting and equalizing.”
I didn’t get any of that aspect of her thoughts on education in the book.
The sharing in the book about her own process was very limited in the book. I was wanting a Part 2.