Wednesday, February 15, 2012
With the guidance of The Well Educated Mind, I am starting a course of study through some of the greatest works of literature, beginning with one of the greatest and earliest works of fiction (at least it the earliest on the list the book provides), Don Quixote.
I am fully aware that this whole endeavor may take a while.
Or even years and years.
How will I find the time, you ask?
I plan to give up even more Hulu.
This book terrifies me, though. I mean look at it!
I graduated with a degree in English Literature. In college, I read long experts from this book and discussed it in class, intelligently I think, and even wrote about it. But the professor held mine and every other students' hand as we waded through the book together.
But if I remain scared of tackling books like this on my own, my kids will grow up scared of tackling books like this on their own. So I am confronting my fear before my kids start to model it.
Is a person capable of educating herself? Really? Can we really do big things on our own without the guidance of experts?
I believe we can.
And so here I go!