A Thomas Jefferson Education, Paperback
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Is American education preparing the future leaders our nation needs or merely struggling to teach basic literacy and job skills? Without leadership education, are we settling for an inadequate system that delivers educational, industrial, governmental, and societal mediocrity? In A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-first Century, Oliver DeMille presents an overview of a new educational vision based on proven methods that really work! Teachers, students, parents, educators, legislators, leaders, and everyone who cares about America's future must read this compelling book.
Note: This volume is a philosophical overview, and not a step-by-step guide for implementation of the Leadership Education model.
From Diane Hopkins:
This thought-provoking book by Dr. Oliver DeMille, founder of the George Wythe College, has had a profound effect on how I learn and teach. Dr. DeMille believes that we have failed in educating our children in this country because we have failed to follow the pattern of education that the Founding Fathers participated in, namely the study of great classic literature (both children's literature and adult literature) under the loving, demanding hand of a "mentor", just the way intelligent Thomas Jefferson was taught. Dr. DeMille gives us reasons for studying the classics, discussion questions that help us analyze the classics, plus a comprehensive lists of books which constitute "the good stuff". Paperback, 205 pages.
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Leadership Education for the 21st CenturyWhile facilitating a parent’s homeschool support group, one of the members asked me if I had read Oliver DeMille’s “A Thomas Jefferson Education.” I admitted I hadn’t, but that it was on my “reading list.” Piqued by their question, I decided to purchase a copy of the book to read.
“Lay down true principles, and adhere to then inflexibly. Do not be frightened into their surrender…” Thomas Jefferson
Homeschooling father Oliver DeMille gives the reader insight as to how Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson was educated and how to implement the principles of “leadership education” in the home, public and private school settings. DeMille begins by addressing our present educational crisis: “Teaching not education, should be our focus, because great teaching inspires students to educate themselves.” The reader is guided through the three major types of schooling: Conveyor Belt Education, Professional Education and Leadership Education. Next, DeMille breaks down “leadership education” into the “phases of learning” which consist of: Core Phase, Love of Learning Phase, Scholar Phase and Depth Phase. “The basic tenets of a Thomas Jefferson Education are classics and mentors, depth and breadth, quality and application,” which are covered in the remaining chapters of the book. There is an appendix which includes: 100 Classics, Classics for Children and Youth, Sample Discussion Questions, Where to Find the Classics, Recommended Readings, and Putting Thomas Jefferson Education to Work and Notes. “A Thomas Jefferson Education” can be used as the primary philosophy of education or it can be combined with another. Overall, “A Thomas Jefferson Education” is an excellent resource to prepare the children of today to become the leaders of tomorrow.