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A Thomas Jefferson Education Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-First Century Hardcover – 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: George Wythe College Press (2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0967124611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967124612
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,043,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Oliver DeMille is a founder of The Center for Social Leadership, and the author of A Thomas Jefferson Education, 1913, FreedomShift and The Student Whisperer - among others.

He and his wife Rachel are the developers of Thomas Jefferson Education, an educational philosophy and methodology for building mission-driven leaders.

Oliver is a popular author, keynote speaker, and consultant. Presently, he devotes a majority of his time to writing. He and his wife Rachel are raising their 8 children in southern Utah.

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Highly recommend if you are considering home school.
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Very few books can reach into your mind and heart and be the catalyst to making concrete changes in your daily life.
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We've been homeschooling for 8 years using this book as our foundation.
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92 of 100 people found the following review helpful By George Stancliffe on June 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A Thomas Jefferson Education is perhaps the most important book published in the field of education in at least 20 years.
It is based on the educational method that George Wythe used when he taught many of the founding fathers (George Wythe was the teacher that taught Thomas Jefferson, John Jay, James Madison, and over 20 other Founding Fathers (Senators, Representatives, Governors and Judges). Clearly, George Wythe was a key man behind the scenes of the birth of the USA and the Consitiution.
The method used to educate Thomas Jefferson (and all great leaders throughout history) is simply this:
1) Classics and Mentoring
2) Depth and Breadth
3) Quality and Application
DeMille notes: "Whatever the culture, look at its greatest leaders and you will find that they were
1) guided by at least one mentor and
2) made a lifetime study of classic works."
So, what does this imply about our current school system based on standardized textbooks and tests, tests and more tests? It is just a "conveyor belt" preparing us for mediocrity ("a job").
Get this book and learn how to mentor your children with the Classics so they will have a chance of making a difference.
A Thomas Jefferson Education = LEADERSHIP Education.
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book puts the right person in charge. You! Oliver Van DeMille show the tried and true methods to succeed in the world and business world today. Harvard School of Law, Princeton University and George Wythe College list the top 30 skills needed to secure the job of your dreams! See list below.

DeMille argues that our public school system is a major component of the problem with education in America today. As a product of our public school system...one who has take more than 20 years to make up for this I found this book a vital read to every parent.

With easy-to-follow guidelines and a take-control-of-your-children's-education approach you will learn how to mentor your children to succeed. Our society is in desperate need of leaders and A Thomas Jefferson Education shows you just how to make leaders of your children-by taking charge and leading.

As a corporate marketing trainer I teach customers service and employee training classes. I see the need for self-motivated employees. I see the need for improved customer service across industries. I feel that the skills to succeed today are obtainable through personal study, reading, and education and DeMille builds the case and describes how to do it.

If you really care about the success of your children get and read this book and as DeMille advises start reading classic literature and discuss what you learn with them and they will have the foundation to be the great people and great leaders that our country needs! It's fun, it's not hard though it is difficult but worth it!

Top 30 Skills needed to secure the job of your dreams!

To secure the job you want there are a number of minimum criteria that businesses look for. If you are not prepared you will not be hired.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Larson on November 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Van Demille argues that even though there are many quality teachers in the school system, the quality of educations has suffered from a reliance on curriculum, pedagogy, standardized tests, rote memorization, and a "conveyor belt" mentality that has lowered expectations to an unacceptable level. As a College Professor, I require my students to read this book. They need to step out of their perception that the institution or instructor is responsible for their education and realize that the responsibility lies with them. Parents should also understand this principal and not blame the school or teacher for their child's poor performance. In my Critical Thinking and Reasoning courses, the student's reflection essays enthusiastically endorse the concepts described by the author as they come realize why they struggle with college level requirements. I endorse the concepts of Van Dmille's thesis to anyone interested in why some individuals rise to leadership positions while others do not.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Senora Gose VINE VOICE on September 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My theories, hopes, expectations, and dreams for homeschooling our children are all laid out in this book. It has classic book lists in the back divided by age range (Dr. Seuss is on the list!), step-by-step instructions for how to become an effective mentor to your child or classroom, and succinctly and interestingly describes the current failures of "traditional" classroom methodology. (I'm a former public school teacher, and I agree from experience!)

The only place I disagree with the author is in learning a foreign language - he states we should read a classic in the target language and discuss it. Reading don Quijote in Spanish to anyone who doesn't already know Spanish, will sound like gibberish...So to get a head start on your young one knowing a second language try Workbook and CD like Flip Flop Spanish instead.

Otherwise, this book is quick and extremely informational to read, and in another year, I look forward to testing its theories in our daily practical lives!
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48 of 68 people found the following review helpful By VBVA on January 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Having read numerous books on homeschooling ideas and techniques, I was not enthusiastic about this one. The concept of reading and discussing classic literature is not the problem with this book, rather it is Mr. DeMille's tone which is simplistic and vapid. At times it felt like one big advertisement for the college Mr. DeMille founded. Given the subject matter, I expected more substance and less fluff.

If you are serious about a good education for your children and want to use classic literature there are far more excellent books on the market with the same theme, such as, "The Well-Trained Mind," "A Charlotte Mason Companion," and "Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning." These books are more inspiring, convicting and contain better examples than "A TJ Education."
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