American education is falling farther and farther behind, and even students that may receive a college degree aren't educated as our forefathers once were. A Thomas Jefferson Education presents a vision to return to proven methods that work. Covering the importance of mentoring, the classics, great teaching, and most importantly, getting students so passionate about learning that they study independently, DeMille emphasizes the importance of allowing teachers to lead well in the classroom. Drawing upon Thomas Jefferson and the early days of Harvard, Yale, and other foundational institutions, this educational call-to-action will provide an inspiring read for homeschoolers and classical educators. 198 pages, softcover.
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While 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.