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Susan Wise Bauer is the author of The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had (revised edition, Norton, 2016) and co-author with her mother, Jessie Wise, of The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (4th edition, Norton, 2016), a book which has mostrar mais become an educational standard. Susan has taught literature and writing at The College of William and Mary in Virginia. Visit her home page at susanwisebauer.com. mostrar menos
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Obras por Susan Wise Bauer

The Revolt (1996) 41 exemplares
Though the Darkness Hide Thee (1998) 35 exemplares
The Newberry Award 1 exemplar

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Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Bauer, Susan Wise
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA
Locais de residência
Virginia, USA
Liberty University (BA|1988)
Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div.|1991)
College of William and Mary (M.A.|English Language and Literature|1996)
College of William and Mary (Ph.D.|American Studies|2007)
children's book author
Wise, Jessie (mother)
College of William and Mary (professor)
Peace Hill Press (editor-in-chief)
Books and Culture (contributing editor)
Michael Carlisle

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Susan was born in 1968, grew up in Virginia, and was educated at home by pioneering parents, back when home education was still unheard of. She worked as a professional musician, wore a costume at Colonial Williamsburg, toured with a travelling drama group, galloped racehorses at a Virginia racetrack, taught horseback riding, worked in radio and newspaper ad sales, learned enough Korean to teach a Korean four-year-old Sunday school, and served as librarian and reading tutor for the Rita Welsh Adult Literacy Center in Williamsburg, Virginia.

In her less haphazard adult life, she earned an M.A., M.Div., and Ph.D. She has taught at the College of William & Mary in Virginia for the last sixteen years. Susan is married and the mother of four.

Susan's most recent book for Norton, The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory (2015), guides us back to the original texts that have changed the way we think about our world, our cosmos, and ourselves.!

Her previous book, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had (2003), is a guide to reading the classic works of fiction, poetry, history, autobiography, and drama. Norton also published The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (with co-author Jessie Wise); originally published in 1999, this bestselling guide to education in the classical tradition was revised and updated in 2004 and again in 2009.

For Peace Hill Press, Susan has written a four-volume world history series for children, The Story of the World, for Peace Hill Press. Volume 1, Ancient Times, was published in 2002 (revised edition 2006); Volume 2, The Middle Ages, in 2003 (revised edition 2007); and Volume 3, Early Modern Times, in 2004. The final volume, The Modern Age, was published in 2006. She has also written a best-selling elementary writing program, Writing With Ease.

Susan is also the author of The Art of the Public Grovel (Princeton University Press) and many articles and reviews. Visit her blog at http://www.susanwisebauer.com/blog.



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Don Quixote em The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise-Bauer (Dezembro 2009)


These books are good for what they do. And I learned that the Alamo is in San Antonio. I wonder where I used to think it was located.
themulhern | 1 outra crítica | May 11, 2024 |
These serve a purpose. The most important is the excursions into geography and lots of it. But aside from the geography, I can not enjoy it.
themulhern | 1 outra crítica | Mar 30, 2024 |
This book is basically a history and culture textbook written for homeschoolers who are short on time and culture and need to get everything from just one book. It has to simplify and shorten, to be accessible to children. In its three pages on Alcibiades, it goes too far and actually misleads; every other sentence is completely false. What did the same author do with Alcibiades in her history for adults? I'm actually curious now.

I tried listening to the book, instead of reading. It seems to go really awry with most of Greek history. Its big virtue is that it goes around and around the world, picking up the threads on one continent after another.… (mais)
themulhern | 6 outras críticas | Dec 2, 2023 |
The focus on great books and rigorous academics is so tempting to this ISTJ. But at the end of the day, there is not really enough room in this program for the average student to develop a love of learning. Even to me - someone who really loves reading, writing, and learning in general - the emphasis on those aspects of education sounded so incredibly boring! I would want for my students to get outside of the house and have actual experiences more often.

The model here would be great for those kids who excel in language naturally. They may very well like all the reading and writing that is required. For anyone who struggles with these skills, the program will frustrate and discourage, rather than inspire them to keep going. If a student is considering a trade school, or is questioning whether they need to go to college at all, the classical education as it's presented here is simply not likely to be the best option.

The authors state that the book is just a guide, and aspects can be tweaked for your particular children, but then in other sections, they list certain "musts" and such - the tone overall tends to lean toward a strict curriculum.

There is some great information within these pages, however! There are tons of resources, gathered all into one place, guides to what children should know at certain grade levels, and even some good thoughts. Although, the book is pretty repetitive - it could have been condensed quite a bit!

Grammar Stage (Grades 1-4)

"Young children are described as sponges because they soak up knowledge. But there's another side to the metaphor. Squeeze a dry sponge and nothing comes out. First the sponge has to be filled." pp 21-22

Logic Stage (Grades 5-8)

"The middle-grade student still absorbs information. But instead of passively accepting this information, she'll be interacting with it - deciding on its values, its purpose, and its place in the scheme of knowledge." p 231

Rhetoric Stage (Grades 9-12)

"Rhetoric is the art of expression... Since self-expression is one of the greatest desires of adolescence, high school students should have training in the skills of rhetoric so that they can say, clearly and convincingly, what's on their minds. Without these skills, the desire for self-expression is frustrated." p 465
… (mais)
RachelRachelRachel | 4 outras críticas | Nov 21, 2023 |



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