In chapter 5, Westover's brother Tyler announces that he is going to college, something none of her other sibling have done. Why does Westover's father, Gene, object to formalized education? How does Tyler's leaving have an impact on Westover?

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Early in Westover's memoir, we learn that her father is very anti-establishment and wants his family to live "off the grid" -- so much so that the children don't even have birth certificates. Though the children are "home-schooled," Westover reveals that their education is very limited, and their father mostly expects them to help with manual labor. Westover's father seems to fear the influence of the outside world on his...

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