The Book of Really Useful Information provides a broad and fascinating education in 20 easy lessons, from great works of art to political leaders, literature that shaped society to basic science, and everything in between.
This is an ideal book for anyone who spent their school days gazing out of the window and now realizes how much they missed out on. It provides a full and fascinating education that covers all key subjects. For clarity and ease of use, the book is divided into five days, Monday to Friday, and then subdivided into four single-subject lessons. Each lesson is based around the five w's--who, what, when, where, and why--and poses questions such as:
Who was Eric Arthur Blair?
What happened to the Romans?
When was the Big Bang?
Where do laws come from?
Why is evolution controversial?
You can choose to dip into a lesson at random, read through a whole day, or start from the beginning and keep going to the end. Accessible writing and useful fact boxes will help you pick up the key points quickly, and summary boxes provide a concise review of each subject. And for that authentic school experience, each day in The Book of Really Useful Information ends with a test--except this time you get to mark it yourself. If you're feeling brave, you could even get your kids to take the tests, too, to see which of you knows the most.
So sharpen your pencils and get ready to quickly learn everything you need to know in the 20 lessons of The Book of Really Useful Information.
Ian Whitelaw lives on Vancouver Island, in Canada. He graduated from University of Durham with an honors degree in history and politics and holds a master's degree in education. His university studies included, chemistry, physics, and biology, as well as anthropology. His published work includes A Measure of All Things and The History of Fly Fishing in Fifty Flies.
Formerly a senior lecturer in education studies at the University of Brighton, he also has over two decades of teaching experience. In that time, he worked with young people aged from 5 to 19, as well as their parents and caregivers. He is now Executive Director of Fulcrum Learning and co-founder of Trust Me Coaching.
Evans has an Honors Degree in History and Politics and a Masters in Education. Formerly a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies at the University of Brighton, he also has over two decades of teaching experience. In that time he worked with young people aged from 5 to 19, as well as their parents and carers. He is now Executive Director of Fulcrum Learning and co-founder of Trust Me Coaching.