Educated

by Tara Westover

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  • It is Possible to Overcome Obstacles and Become Educated

    Educated is the life story of Dr. Tara Westover. As a child, Tara never imagined the word “Doctor” would precede her name; her parents had instilled in her the belief that doctors were socialists. She never attended school, never saw a doctor, and didn't even have a Certificate of Birth until she wa

  • There are people you can rely on, but you must first rely on yourself

    By the end of her education, her family had denounced her. Her sister Audrey was terrified Shawn would kill her, her father sided with Shawn and disbelieved that he abused Tara, and they all made her feel as though she were crazy and had fabricated her horrific upbringing. Thanks to her deep resolve

  • Life works in mysterious ways

    Tara had initially gone to college to study music but found herself taking classes about history, politics, and anything not related to music. She loved learning about the ways of the world, about people, and about society as a whole. Tara wanted to be more than what her religion expected of her; sh

  • The truth shall set you free

    After returning to college from seeing her family during the holidays it was apparent to Tara that there was something wrong with them. She got new roommates but the discomfort of ulcers and panic attacks from the culture shock and the guilt and emotional distress was almost too much for her. She ga

  • Culture Shock

    Tara was raised in a tiny town that she was banned from participating in. When she went to college and lived with roommates it was beyond a culture shock for her. She didn't have basic hygiene skills and her roommates found her odd and off-putting. Tara also clung to the only knowledge she had: her

  • It can be hard to let go of toxic people when they are your loved ones

    Though Tara desperately loved her family, as she grew older and more and more horrific events occurred to her, and her brothers, she knew she had to make a different life for herself. Following her brother, Tyler's, lead she began to teach herself anything and everything she could get her hands on.

  • It isn't normal to be hurt by the people that love you

    Tara was emotionally abused by her father, neglected by her mother, and physically abused by her older brother Shawn repeatedly. His abuse became so extreme that when he was in a life-threatening accident Tara found herself hoping he wouldn't survive so that she wouldn't have to endure his verbal an

  • Learning To Gain Freedom

    Due to his mental illness and his deep religious beliefs, Gene didn't allow his children to attend public school. Faye and Gene's first three children did attend public school for a short time, but then his distrust in the government and people as a whole set in, and Gene refused to allow his childr

  • One person's mental illness can affect the entire family

    During Tara's youth she didn't realize that her father was mentally ill; most likely afflicted with Bi-Polar Disorder, though it would never be diagnosed. She, and the rest of her family, believed that her father was just deeply devout to the Mormon religion and that his distaste for the sinful life

  • Children will learn core beliefs from their parents

    A parent can teach a child whatever they want them to believe, and the child will not know whether it is right or wrong, conventional or not, normal or abnormal. Most people develop their core beliefs when they are very young. These beliefs are taught to them by their parents and, over time, they ma

  • It is possible to overcome unimaginable circumstances and get educated

    Educated is the life story of Dr. Tara Westover. As a child, Tara never imagined the word “Doctor” would precede her name; her parents had instilled in her the belief that doctors were socialists. She never attended school, never saw a doctor, and didn't even have a Certificate of Birth until she wa

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