Educating: A Memoir
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This comment is distasteful and inaccurate. Mentally ill is a very broad term and includes illnesses like depression and anxiety, which many people suffer with and every one of us suffers through on occasion. To suggest mentally ill people should not have children and to call them “crazy” is extremely disrespectful. Are you familiar with what qualifies a group as a cult? I recommend learning about the BITE model, which defines cults and high-demand groups. Mormonism aligns with it to such a degree that if Tara were to claim she escaped from a cult, it would make perfect sense for that to be her experience. I recommend learning more about this before saying what is and is not a cult.
Grandma-down-the-hill: Gene's mother. She often disagrees with Gene about his family, and encourages Westover to get an education and escape so she can live a normal life.I wonder if the children had been forced to go to school whether the abuse would have been noticed sooner, the deprivation identified through comparison, the general unhygienic and harsh conditions of their life as exploited child workers in a “family business” reported.
Thanks for your comment. I’m impressed that you took some time to write. I would like to add that Laree had access to excellent medical care. Again, I’m from the same general area. There’s a local hospital, which is basic. Then there’s another, much bigger facility less than an hour away. For technical health issues, Salt Lake City has amazing options (about 3 hours away). There’s access to one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals as well as a world renowned cancer center. Laree simply chose to trust natural and herbal remedies more than western medicine. I see no problem in that unless someone’s health is compromised by doing so. And that’s what she’s being tasked with, that and the fact that she encourages others to forego medical care and go natural instead. Anyone should be very careful about doing that. Thank you. I assume my review doesn’t sell many copies of Educating. But I do want to clarify a religion I love and am very much part of. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a beautiful Christian religion. The problems the Westovers have as a family do not represent the church. LaRee isn’t a bad person. She’s trying to do good things, but she’s misguided in many areas. I do not know her personally, but this is what I concluded after reading both books.WOW! This is such a thorough review and so insightful. What a tragedy the family has faced. So heartbreaking to hear what they have gone through and what they will continue to go through. You’ve piqued my interest, though. Gates, Bill. "Educated is even better than you've heard". gatesnotes.com . Retrieved July 25, 2020.