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Great book, full of anecdotes and teaching strategies. Lays out the history and law behind special ed. It was dry at times, but easy to pick through and find useful information. It would earn five stars EXCEPT that the links in the online edition did not work.
This book was in excellent condition, was a great price, and arrived earlier than I had even expected. I bought this book for a class I am taking and now I will get a head start on the reading.
I didn't realize this was a loose leaf book. Waayyyyy over priced for basically just paper... I had to add on buying a binder to hold it all together to an already expensive purchase.
If there were 10 or hundred stars that I could give, I wouldn't think twice before give plotagon all. The makers of this app are blessing to us. However; why isn't it possible to have more than two characters in a scene. Isn't it possible to fill a class with about 5 students and their teachers? Another thing is, can't you make it possible for the characters to be walking, or demonstrating something on the board? Thank you so much for this excellent app
This app used to be usable for everyone but now only teachers can use it?! What is wrong with you guys? That is mean. Me and my sister used to create stories all the time but now I can't even get on it because I am not a teacher... what bullcrap! That is just messed up.. you are taking it away from younger people and taking their creativity away! What do you have to say for yourself?! That's just wrong. You guys are wrong for doing this... BRING BACK THE OLD PLOTAGON THAT IS USABLE BY ALL PLAYERS.., NOT JUST TEACHERS!!!!!
it's great and all, but it's really laggy for me... and there's also not really that many varieties of options for character creation, plot creation, etc like the ios app has. ..but y'know overall the app is pretty rad guys ;). I recommend it if you're bored out of your gosh bleeping mind!
I don't understand!! I got the appnand once it finished downloading it told me to log in. Firstly that confused me because you only log in when you have a previous account, and I got this app brand new which I haven't tried. So I looked for the sign up button, but I couldn't find it, so I just put my email and password in the log in, AND THAT DIDNT WORK EITHER!! I deleted the app and downloaded it again, did the same process, AND STILL IT DIDNT WORK!!! plotagon, go sort your selves out and make a new update!!!
A great app that will definitely make any class more entertaining. I wish this was around when I was in school, because I would have been much more excited to make a presentation with it! A great idea for transforming reports as well! I highly recommend this to all educators and students.
This is a useful tool to learn many skills. If you are a teacher trying to engage your students in digital storytelling then, Plotagon Education is the best tool. Students can work in groups to animate themselves, choose clothes & accessories then create an animated movie to demonstrate the understanding in different subjects areas. I love this app because you can record your voice so international students can participate in the learning process ❤
I was enthralled and moved by this powerful memoir. The author grew up in a survivalist family in Idaho, the youngest child. She was not homeschooled---instead, she simply didn't go to school at all, due to her father's mistrust of public schools. Her family didn't believe in modern medicine. Instead, her mother was an herbalist and midwife. Her father owned a junkyard. Her childhood is affected over and over by serious injuries of family members, injuries which are not Tara gets into her preteen and teen years, one older brother in particular starts tormenting her, and the tormenting rises to the level of hugely severe abuse. In part in response to this, she decides to go to college, and by pretty much sheer force of will, does well enough on the ACT to get into Brigham Young University. From there, she starts a storied college career and eventually gets a doctorate from Cambridge. However, each time she is drawn back to the her family, her brother's abuse continues, and the family denial turns more and more severe. The memoir becomes a story of her internal struggle---to believe her own version of her life and to have the strength to break away from her past.I've struggled with some issues of my own in remembering the past differently than others, and I well know the feeling that the author has over and over. One line, "reality becomes fluid", hit me very hard. When you know something happened a certain way, but others can't accept that reality and attempt to change the past by denying it---Tara Westover is able to write about this so powerfully I was crying at points.I hope this book gets wide readership. It's an amazing glimpse into a way of life that most of us will never know, and an inspiring story of one woman's ability to change her future.
"Educated" is a memoir about what it's like to grow up as the youngest child of an off-the-grid Survivalist/Mormon family- Tara Westover's early life was spent keeping up with her brothers, assisting her mom with mid-wifery and creating herbal remedies for others in their community, and doing incredibly dangerous work in her father's scrapyard. Her father believed his children didn't need an education because the world was on the brink of falling to pieces, and the only things his kids really needed to learn was how to can foods, prepare for the end times, aim and fire a gun, and defend their family's spite her upbringing, Westover managed to become a PhD candidate at Cambridge- when she was a young teenager, she began working several jobs in a local town, and saving up for her independence from the abuse and violence she was experiencing at home. Without a single day of formal education, Westover educated herself using a test prep book she bought at a bookstore 40 miles away. From that very humble beginning (including no birth certificate and no one in her family knowing her birth date or even how old she was) she got into college, earned and maintained a scholarship, went to Cambridge on a distance learning program, and eventually went to the UK (and Harvard) for her graduate is is an incredibly written book- only a skilled writer could take the experiences of such a horrifying childhood (basically a giant succession of one abusive experience after the other) and make it readable without being exploitative or too grim to handle. Literally every chapter in this book is an example of how Westover's parents (or abusive older brother, Shawn) either neglected her, forced her to do dangerous things in the name of her father's scrapyard business, or flat out physically or emotionally abused her. It's shocking and there were a lot of times when I wanted to throw this book across the room out of anger, but I think a book like this is important to read because it not only highlights how there are likely children are out there like Westover, suffering under the guise of extreme "family values", but it also is an example of how human beings can be resourceful and resilient, and break the cycle of abuse and e thing about this book that most resonated with me was not Westover's unlikely educational path or her resilience, but the fact that she addresses a common issue that many adult children face: how to reconcile what it means to grow into a different person than who your parents would like you to be. My parents are saints compared to Westover's, but when Westover began talking about what it meant to have to sacrifice her family's desires for her (and ultimately a relationship with them) in order to honor a more meaningful life for herself, I identified with so much of what she had to share. It seems like more and more people are bringing this issue to light- while it's incredibly heart breaking to have to "split" with your family over things like core values and beliefs (and emotional issues), reading Westover's book helped me to feel much more at peace with my own ongoing , all in all, Westover's book is one abuse and heartbreak after another, but her courage and the quality of her writing more than make up for the difficult story she has to share. I can't recommend this book enough.
From the beginning, I had trouble putting this book down. It is an extremely compelling story, and Tara Westover has a way of writing that transports you into the story. The first 2 paragraphs of the book had me hooked and are just a taste of the things to cated is the story of an incredible woman who triumphed over seemingly impossible obstacles to not only obtain an education, achieving a PhD from Cambridge, but to come to a realization of who she truly is. Hers is the story of a child raised by survivalists in the mountains of Eastern Idaho. Her father didn't believe in the value of any kind of formal education, including home schooling, so Tara taught herself and learned enough from books she purchased to pass the ACT with a high enough score to be accepted into BYU. She never saw a doctor or even took any conventional medicine, like aspirin for a headache, until she was in college, because her father firmly believed that all doctors were agents of Satan and their medicines were tools of the devil. He refused to use any kind of safety equipment, including seat belts in automobiles, because accidents were simply the Will of God. As she progressed in her education and spent more and more time away from the mountain and her family, she began to challenge the concepts and principles espoused by her parents and eventually, she reached a point where she had to ultimately decide whether she would continue to follow her own path or conform to her parents’ e book is filled with moments where I was terrified for her and occasionally I had to remind myself that she obviously did not die because she wrote the book after these events. Over and over I wished I could reach through the book to confront her father and ask, "What are you thinking?" There are also times where I became somewhat frustrated by Tara herself, but those moments are what make her human and her story credible. I was truly disappointed to reach the end of the book.
"The most powerful determinant of who you are is inside you."Educated is one of those books that will grab hold of your psyche without letting go, even after you finish. The riveting prose transfixes from the very first page and will linger in consciousness for days. Tara, a victim of brainwashing and abuse somehow finds her way out of the quagmire of a tangled childhood and into a world filled with endless curiosity, knowledge and wonder.Tara Westover’s unlikely story from imposed myopic isolationism to profound collegiate achievement reads like a legend. Despite growing up amid danger and dysfunction juxtaposed by herbalism, magical cures and “God’s Will", Tara is a survivor. Her instincts are keenly sharp, conditioned by household doctrine and the unpredictable world of a family detached from reality. Living under the constant fear of the “coming end days” and navigated by a father’s illusions of grandiosity—Tara grapples with the often abusive mercurial circumstances of a fanatical family. Her unconventional childhood is filled with nightmarish scenarios (brace yourself for some graphic scenes) that makes it hard to believe it’s a story taking place in current times. Yet, the compelling tales of reckless parental behavior, extreme piety and deprivation have always existed. Tara bucks the system by rejecting supplication as expected by her strict mormon upbringing. Her toughness and audacity to question her parent’s plans sends her on a triumphant yet rebellious journey of self she slowly comes of age, her innate intellectual curiosity and artistic gifts begin to take form. She starts to see a world beyond the hills. Despite insurmountable odds, her gutsy determination and indefatigable spirit help her to break away the suffocating ignorance of her home life. As Tara grapples with change, she slowly begins to shed the heavy burdens of an old life, including overly modest clothing. She supplants it with a new life where she can be a free thinker. Despite parental pressures for absolution, Tara delves deeper into her studies hiding the truth of her embarrassing upbringing from nearly everyone she meets. Her rebirth and transition have their own brand of hardship as she often reflects on her choices, her loyalties to faith and family, her insecurities, and a range of complicated emotions that are transcribed in the book with profound precision. As time goes on, she slowly learns to let go and starts to taste a life that was once forbidden, like trying coffee for the first time. A new universe opens up and there is no going back, ...or is there? As time goes on, Tara attempts to make peace with her erratic childhood experiences and even embraces it by “fashioning a new history” for herself. She becomes a raconteur at dinner parties by telling tales of her haphazard humble beginnings. But then there is a twist, a poignant reminder that some things cannot be fixed, and that making peace with one’s past is NOT easy. “When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lives?".Tara’s memoir is almost always on the edge of angst with very little reprieve. You cannot let your guard down when reading this book - and this is what makes it hard to put down. Just when you think everything is finally okay, something gets stirred up, plunging Tara into a vat of self-doubt that is often debilitating and self-sabotaging. There are times she even questions her own begins with gritty and grueling junkyard labor, bug-out bags, violence, and endless sermons. But as the book progresses, Tara gets a taste of emancipation, self-discovery and the endless curiosity about the big world that she was taught to be so afraid of. Tara Westover’s story is graceful, triumphant, and most importantly, raw, real, and unapologetically human. This is a brave book written by a brilliant woman. I can even see it becoming a screenplay someday.~ Kort
Sometimes, reading a memoir with details as chilling as the author's childhood was makes it hard to believe how contemporary the story is. Yet, the reader can do a simple internet search and find the web page for her parents' business, still thriving, with some important dates matching the timeline outlined in ever, what a different picture Tara Westover's telling presents from the rather folksy, alternative medicines company pictured on the internet. And it is this very different, traumatic, and almost impossible to believe narrative that makes this book so riveting. Hidden from most of the world, the youngest members of this large family are kept from school, with a father who has taken become obsessed with end times and a survivalist lifestyle. The infamous Ruby Ridge episode in which many of the Weaver famiy were killed seemed to have become his own story, and the impact on his children grew more and more devastating.Out of this often horrendous family setting, Tara Westover manages to claw her way into the "real world," ultimately reaching Cambridge, Harvard, and the world of is is a story that may seem to have a "happy ending," but it is tragic in the costs Dr. Westover has had to pay, in forever severed family relationships and, perhaps, some threat to her own life that may still is the extent of the physical abuse that one of the family members put the author and her sister and sister-in-law that is most troubling, in that there does not yet appear to have been any action taken to try to stop this abuser from continuing his actions. Perhaps it is too dangerous to put more detail about what might be taking place to bring this perpetrator to justice, but wondering if anything is being done to stop this man from further harming his wife, children, and others makes this story seem not satisfactorily finished.
This is a powerful story of the life of a girl from Idaho mountains and raised in a survivalist home. She was the youngest of several children who most of them never went to school. Her father was a fanatic about living their own religious life and not relying on government. He was a strict father who ruled the family along with his wife who became a midwife to the area women. The family had several severe accidents and each time the mother healed them with her own remedies and essential is book “Educated” is the story of the life of Tara Westover who followed her father’s wishes as they were devout religious family and attended a Mormon church in Idaho. Tara never saw the inside of a school what education she received was from her mother. She learned to read and life was filled with family activities and work in the junk yard or helping her mother midwife new babies being born. Some of her older siblings had left the family to start their own life, while one brother who she was close to left for BYU university studies. Another brother became violent and abused Tara but no one in the family listened to her stories of abuse.When Tara became older she soon tired of working in the junk yard she wanted to go to college like her brother. This meant she had to study hard so she could pass the ACT test even though she had never been in school. She did pass her test and new experiences of living away from the mountains was a challenge. With the help of professors and scholarships she advanced to a PHD from Cambridge and spent time in England.Tara still wanted to be close to her family but they still would not listen to her about her brother’s violent life, they expelled her. This left her on her own as her father made all the rest of the family expel her also. This book “Educated” is a compelling story of the life of Tara Westover and it will keep you spellbound from beginning to end.
I could not put this book down! In part because I was blown away at how good the writing was and also just riveted by what a compelling journey the author has gone on in search of her education. I'm almost at a loss for words even to describe it since it is such a large transformation that she undergoes and spent most of my time just shocked as I read it. Tara not only has to struggle for a formal education but also to create a space of her own within her own family; something that is not easily done. My heart would break as family members would gaslight her repeatedly instead of deal with what was in front of them. I was absolutely amazed at her courage and resiliency. The strength to have gone through what she did and then additionally to put it all out there to share with us the reader in such a public way. A very powerful book that I would recommend to everyone! I can't wait to read what Tara writes next. Thank you for sharing your story!
If you enjoy true stories about individuals who used education to escape from a limiting situation, you should enjoy this memoir. Born to a fundamentalist Mormon, survivalist family, Tara Westover never went to school. She helped her survivalist father with his failing scrap heap business. Her father had little regard for the safety of his children, and put them in situations which caused multiple, and often serious injuries.Tara's mother was a midwife and herbalist. Tara had a bully for a brother with a sadistic streak who enjoyed preying upon Tara. It was a harrowing childhood with little joy or escape from the scrap yard and sadistic brother. The mother was in denial about the peril to Tara from her mentally ill father who may have been bi-polar and brutal Tara escapes the confines of this existence through education is what keeps you turning the pages. Will she survive? How education enters her life, and transports her to a PhD at Cambridge University in England is an inspiring and unbelievable tale. The odds Tara has to surmount are I was reading I felt like the story was written in the 1940's or 1950's. However, when I read information about Tara's birth date (which was never quite clear as the family tried to live off the grid a bit), I realized she was the same age as my youngest son Benjamin, who also got a PhD but had the benefits of a private education at a school where I taught and was principal. How I would have loved to have had a student like Tara, and would have liked to have helped her. Tara did have some helpers along the way who saved her from a life living in the hills, marrying young, receiving no formal education and being possibly subjugated by a is is a disturbing book, but ultimately satisfying. It makes you realize that religions or cultures which tell women that men are the boss and leaders of the family put many women in harm's way if their husband is sadistic, mentally ill, domineering, incompetent etc. Equality, education and opportunity are vital for women to thrive. Tara gets educated and this education saves e story of how Tara becomes self-taught is what amazes. I was impressed with some of the mentors Tara had at Brigham Young University who found funds for Tara to pursue her education, and helped her find her way to Cambridge. This would be an excellent memoir for a book group as it highlights many discussion issues. It's an absorbing read. You will root for Tara, and wish her continued success. Let's hope she can be a mentor for other women, or individuals, who can use education to escape a limiting, dangerous environment. Getting educated is the pathway out of ignorance, despair, and danger to opportunity and freedom. If Tara can do it on her own, with a little help from kindly adults, Tara's story convinces that others might be able to do it, too.
Historian and writer Tara Westover writes her memoir with much gusto and to the point where readers may empathize with the experiences that she endured and lived. She states within the beginning of the memoir that she grew up in one of the most unconventional situations – born to survivalists that were somewhat religious with undertones that leaned towards readings from the Bible or references to the Book of Mormon. Westover subtly stresses and barely centers of her family’s life on religion, a father and mother and seven siblings that included herself that lived in the backwoods of Idaho and believed the day of abomination was coming. Her story is one of living off the beaten path, and may bear similarities to another memoir “The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls but the comparisons stop there, but only goes to show how similar her life parallels with those who lived a less than glowing life but plenty of bustling activity. “Educated: A Memoir” is a revealing story of a daughter of survivalists that was, too, surviving to hurdle through the challenges that she encountered and confronted to one reads “Educated,” there is no denying of the back story of where Westover’s and her parents’ life became unusual despite her mother growing up in an idyllic landscape, reflecting of her grandmother’s – Larue, married a Navy Veteran, traditional, and with utmost perfection with a white picket fence and handmade clothes. And one of Westover’s experiences at the age of nine was discovering that her mother was a midwife who helped to assist in the town’s births. On the other hand, Westover’s father Gene was mischievous, young man, and his father possessed a fiery temper, and the effects of his childhood would have an enormous affect on the family that he reared in the most unconventional circumstance in spite of his work as a missionary in the Mormon community. Early in the book Westover writes of her immediate family and relatives and the unique names that she used to refer to her grandparents, rather than by their first names; on her mother side she would call her grandmother Grandma-over-in town’s house and grandpa on father’s side Grandpa-down-the hill who at times was eccentric. Indeed, reading through her family’s experience, especially her siblings Luke, Shawn, Audrey, Tyler, Richard, and Tony rarely a dull moment but one that was eye-opening and thought provoking to the point that Westover’s family was not the typical American family, living off the land and somewhat nomadic in the beginning until they settled in Idaho. She did not let the surprises and unexpected moments hinder her plans for the future, and she and her brothers and sister channeled their energy in play and constructive activity such as in getting jobs or performing in community theater that merely were the factors that drove her to further her education and intellect. When she reached the age of fruition she was guided by her older brother Tyler who had also ventured on his own to go to college where she, too, eventually took the ultimate educational path to study at BYU and later earning a Ph.D. in History at Cambridge University.“Educated” is a story of overcoming adversity in the most unusual situations. Tara Westover does a good job in retelling of her life and experience as a young woman who was destined to go in the direction to where she exactly knew where she had to go. She did not allow the things that were beyond her control to hinder that direction. A story worth telling and sharing with others.
Growing up sheltered from the outside world, her home birth unreported out of fear her father’s imagined “Illuminati” (i.e., the U.S. government) would swoop down and morally corrupt her, Tara Westover was the child of devout Mormon survivalists, marooned in the mountains of ysically and mentally abused by her father and brothers, semi-neglected by a mother brain-damaged by an automobile accident, she grew up with little to knowledge of the outside world. She had never heard of the Holocaust, knew nothing of historical events save the warped, grossly inaccurate versions fed to her by her father.Tara was not allowed to attend school. Treated solely by her herbalist mother, she never saw a doctor.Her resilience saved her. Taking control of her education, in her early teens she began buying text books. Despite no formal schooling, she met the requirements to enter Brigham Young University. Boosted by scholarships and sympathetic, influential people, eventually she would graduate from Cambridge with a cated is about gritty determination. All is laid bare, yet the telling is balanced. It’s an emotionally difficult read. I cringed so many times, caught up in the horror of beatings she took, horrific injuries sustained by herself and family members. She saw her brother’s severe burns fusing jeans to his legs, the same brother with a hole cracked in his skull exposing his brain, her father’s melted faced from fire he shouldn’t have eated by her herbalist mother, survive they e prose style is matter of fact, detached. This is not a negative. It avoids the distraction of emotional outbursts, tempering justifiable rage and fear. She does not allow the characters to be villainized. As in life, none are without redeeming spite what she endured, Tara Westover loved her family.I wanted her to hate them. Infuriated by what she endured, my visceral wish was to see the innocent avenged. She knew best, keeping a calm head even when I couldn’t. I wondered how can she keep going back? Why is she risking her safety?Unconditional love for family, that’s cated is Tara Westover’s story of personal strength, without the slightest bit of self-righteousness. Very like Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle, it’s not as lyrical but no less forthright and its conclusion inspirational, even hopeful, Educated is one of the finest memoirs I’ve read.
This is not the original publication of this book! It also does not state state which version or publication it is so buyer beware. When compared to the original publication in 1933 its is not in any way similar. I would not recommend it. I would instead recommend going to your local bookstore for a real copy of Woodson work, this is a fabrication.
I got this book to read and also purchased the audible version and have discovered it is the missing piece of my own education. I played the audible version several times as it goes rapid pace but was convenient. It is sad to discover that many of Carter Goodwin Woodson's fears have been and continue to be realised in the racial disparity widely noted against the black skin worldwide. Although Mr. Woodson concentrated his criticism on the American social structure of his time, one of his truisms (shortened for this review) plays out daily in today's social responses: “If you can control a man’s thinking, you don’t have to worry about his actions ... and if you can make a man believe that he is justly an outcast, you don’t have to order him to the back door, he will go to the back door on his own and if there is no back door, the very nature of the man will demand that you build one.” Carter G. Woodson was not fully appreciated for his contributions whether some of those were impractical or not and that is not surprising; most brilliant minds are revered posthumously (and perhaps never fully understood). As the son of a slave one must admire Mr. Woodson's capacity to rise above his circumstances as well as his ability to see the issues that plague black people with laser-like accuracy. When reading this book, the reader can only but shake their head in silent acknowledgment of the truths stated therein. Another book that won't find its way into the general / 'public' library of American literature but which should be read by anybody trying to unravel the reasons black progress appears at times to be constantly stymied.
A must read for all Black americans, especially in today's times. Some of you who read this book will be amazed, or perhaps appalled, at how relevant this text is STILL to this day. Please read with compassion for those of you who desire to ally with us still in the very real struggle. Please read with prayer for all of us that are still in the struggle. Ase O!
Once you understand where you come from and how you got to where you are today helps you to conclude what steps that need to be taken to get where we need to be today. Classic and one of the best books out there that tells us how we plummeted down to the lowest depths in society.