Saturday, March 26, 2011
Thou Shall Be Holier!
You have to feel bad for Susan Wise Bauer, author of the terrific classical homeschool guide - The Well-Trained Mind.
Recently she's been besieged by some members of the Christian community for being *secular* - or at least she feels she's been besieged.
Susan, a minister's wife(!), has decided to defend herself through a couple of blog posts. After all a homeschooling book that's reviled by the largest (50-70%?) sector of its target market is going to suffer big time.
The thing is, Susan not only declares herself a devout Christian, but she also fought against her *secular* publisher to include a good deal of Christianity in her popular - Story of the World series for young'uns.
My son has actually listened to a little bit of that (audiobook); it was tough to get your hands on it at the library!. Ironically the only complaint I ever heard about The Story of the World was from a libertarian atheist who thought it *too religious*. This homeschooling *mom* told me she had to pre-screen each audio track and skip all references to *God*, etc. - because, obviously, her 5 year old daughter would be irretrievably harmed from listening!
I want to link to Susan's lengthy self-defense which is actually a re-print of hers from several years ago - obviously she's suffered this criticism continually:
A Golden Oldie
Apparently some speakers at a recent homeschooling conference, one in which she was also speaking, were bad-mouthing her.
I do feel bad for Bauer (no relation to 'Jack'). But hey, if you want to traffic in an inherently sensitive/political subject like *history* and market your take to the public....then controversy sort of goes with the territory!
Click here - to read her other blog post defense.
Coincidentally, I just borrowed the WTM tome from the library yesterday, for yet another reading.
See also my wonderful post from last year - Book Summary - The Well-Trained Mind.