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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great guide, but light on science and political philosophy
For a hard-working, but unsatisfied product of the British curriculum, I was looking for a starting point from which to develop a lifelong habit in studying PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics), science and literature for fun.

The Well-Educated Mind (though I am still working through it) seems to be a very good starting point and a practical guide (in terms...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another guide to English literature...
Not quite what I had expected. I had hoped the book would put forward a broad theory of education and a wide range of practical tips and resources.
Instead, the book is mainly (70%) a guide to English literature, in the form of a list of the author's 'good books to read' (just a pared-back list of the usual stuff on any comprehensive reading list), with brief notes...
Published on 27 Oct 2010 by Number 16


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another guide to English literature..., 27 Oct 2010
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Not quite what I had expected. I had hoped the book would put forward a broad theory of education and a wide range of practical tips and resources.
Instead, the book is mainly (70%) a guide to English literature, in the form of a list of the author's 'good books to read' (just a pared-back list of the usual stuff on any comprehensive reading list), with brief notes on each book. Books are divided into literature, histories, drama and poetry lists.
The author's stated theory is a re-evaluation of the classical 'trivium' system (grammar, rhetoric and logic). However, her take on this is that it is mainly just a way to read a book on three different levels: grammar (superficial understanding), rhetoric (deeper meaning), logic (in-depth analysis). It's a nice idea, but it is really just a grafting of some 'classical' terminology onto a fairly standard English lit course to make it sound like something new.

Good points: the general introduction is quite upbeat and inspiring, and the introductions to each of the four main sections (literature, histories, drama and poetry) provide quite good overviews to the history of each genre.

Weak points: the book lists and notes on each book are a bit dull.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great guide, but light on science and political philosophy, 1 Jun 2013
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This review is from: The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had (Kindle Edition)
For a hard-working, but unsatisfied product of the British curriculum, I was looking for a starting point from which to develop a lifelong habit in studying PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics), science and literature for fun.

The Well-Educated Mind (though I am still working through it) seems to be a very good starting point and a practical guide (in terms of helping you develop the reading habit and teaching how to read for different purposes), but the reading lists are not quite comprehensive enough.

The solution, in my mind, is to grab a copy of The Well-Educated Mind and supplement the reading lists with the 1972 version of Mortimer J. Adler's classic 'How to Read a Book'. This will fill the gaps where Da Vinci, the Stoics and some of the other theological classics are missing in Susan Wise Bauer's book.

A final positive for this book is the fact that I have stuck at it - this book is a program, not just educational theory and reading lists and, as such, compliance should be considered a major factor in its success.
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33 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE WELL EDUCATED MIND, 12 Jun 2006
As a product of the stultifying 1960's - '70's comprehensive education system, books such as these form the blade that helps me cut my mind out of the belittling strait jacket imposed by short sighted and begrudging public 'educationalists. Truly a wind of change.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read, 17 Sep 2009
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Excellent resource for those looking to home school or supplement their childs education. Very easy to read and contains many practical tips
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