The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had

The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had

by Susan Wise Bauer

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ISBN-13: 9780393080964
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/16/2015
Edition description: Updated and Expanded
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 185,721
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Susan Wise Bauer is a writer, educator, and historian. Her previous books include the Writing With Ease, Writing With Skill, and Story of the World series from Well-Trained Mind Press, as well as The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, Rethinking School, The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, and the History of the World series, all from W. W. W. Norton. She has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, as well as an M.A. in seventeenth-century literature and a Master of Divinity in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature. For fifteen years, she taught literature and composition at the College of William and Mary.

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Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is simply outstanding - dramatically improved my understanding and enjoyment of literature.
puffkat More than 1 year ago
I noticed a bad review from an anon reviewer on this book and it strikes me as very peculiar being that this person admits to only sitting thru a few pages, not even purchasing the book. What a crock. That review then is quite invalid...also this person complains of not wishing to read all those books...Um EXCUSE ME...it's about a 'classical' education as stated in it's title. Idiocy abounds. I think it's a great idea and I intend to try the book.
kasualkafe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another of the pillar books I own that has greased the wheels of my personal pursuit of self-education. I read 2005 , i think
maigrey1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm using this book to refresh myself on how to analyze a book. My kids are getting old enough to begin thoughtful analysis of books and this is a fantastic resource to help teachers.
bria.lynne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was incredibly excited when I found this book at the library. I had already seen the homeschooling book by the same author and was jealous of the classical education described. This book supplied exactly what I was lacking.
luisuribe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i enjoyed the susan's style and her ability to encourage me to 'educate' myself. while you could certainly find the material elsewhere (how to read a book by adler) she does a fine job. with the help of this book and a few others i plan to join in 'the great conversation'. thank you susan!
ulfhjorr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you find a cheap copy of this and desire a guide into a course of reading, then Bauer's lists may be for you. Otherwise, it's not worth the time you'll put into it.
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I read through the first half of the book and was raring to go- ready to purchase my first book from the 'great list'. I couldn't decide whether to go with the Novel list or the History list, so decided to check them out in person first before making my decision. Much to my dismay the first selections (Bauer insists you read them in order) within either of these genres (Don Quixote and The Histories by Heroditus) are HUGE!! My heart sank almost immediately, but I was detemined to try it. I sat down with both in the store and read the first few pages. Then, a light went off. It dawned on me that I had no desire whatsoever to A - spend the money on these books B - read them. My life has progressed such that I am no longer in school and forced to read what I am not inclined to. That's one of the great things about growing up - I can read whatever I want to. For me, the time I would have spent on these books would be more enjoyable reading about a new hobby or learning about world religions or learning a foreign language, or pretty much anything else. Even, G-d forbid, a Tom Clancy novel (which Bauer conveys are beneath her). This is an interesting concept, but the idea of limiting what you read and what order you read them is suffocating. There were some good tips on retaining what you read and she encourages to keep learning even if you are out of school. I advocate that, certainly, but I'm an adult and my time is so crunched, the time I spend reading should be fulfilling and enjoyable, not something to dread.