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Thomas Jefferson Education for Teens Perfect Paperback – November 9, 2009

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Whether a business plan, a personal schedule, or a wilderness trek plan, great ideas only have results when they are executed. That's the secret: execution, execution, execution. That's why this book is so valuable--it gives fun, practical, meaningful ideas and examples that focus on execution. We'll definitely be reading it at Williamsburg Academy. --~James C. Ure, Esq., Headmaster, Williamsburg Academy

This a MUST READ for today's youth and their parents! Don't let the word TEENS in the title fool you. This book gives enormous perspective for all ages of people. We live in difficult times, our children have a big task ahead of them. DeMille and Brooks have prescribed usable, inspiring medicine for the maladies of our modern society and written them in a way everyone can understand. --~Nicholeen Peck, international parenting guru, author of Parenting A House United --Teaching Self Government

Every once in a while a second witness comes along and in one magical moment says something that speaks truth to the soul and the hearer--finally--remembers who he is. That is what Oliver DeMille and Shanon Brooks have done. They remind us who we are and what we're about. --~Tiffany Earl, author of Say*Go*Be*Do, Mentor to thousands of youth through LEMI Scholar Projects --Leadership Education Mentoring Institute (LEMI)

About the Author

Oliver DeMille is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling co-author of LeaderShift, and the author of A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the 21st Century. Oliver is a popular keynote speaker, writer and business consultant, and he is married to the former Rachel Pinegar. They have eight children and reside in Cedar City, Utah.
Shanon Brooks is a co-founder and president of Monticello College. He has over twenty years experience in teaching and the administration of entrepreneurial higher education organizations, and is a leader in developing communities and mentoring individuals in self-education, freedom and the liberal arts. He lives in Monticello, Utah with his wife Julia and their children.

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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: TJEdOnline; First edition (November 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615399941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615399949
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Our family has been following the Thomas Jefferson Education model for a few years and currently have two children in core phase, one in love of learning phase and one in "practice scholar." I bought this book as a birthday present for my son after a friend of mine told me that her son had read it and enjoyed it.

Because I wanted to be able to discuss the book with him, I picked it up when he was on the last chapter and read it to him. I found it extremely inspiring. The whole idea that when a change is needed in the world, God or the Universe sends a baby, really touched me. It confirmed to me what I have always known about my son--that he has a definite purpose and mission in his life (as do all children).

Now that I have gone back through the book from the beginning, I am impressed with the way the authors encourage our youth to take responsibility for their own educational choices. By no means is the list of 100 books intended to be the the end all, be all of reading, nor are the age groupings set in stone. It is merely meant as a guide for those who struggle with what to read at any given point. Obviously there will be books that a child has already read on the list or will be able to handle earlier than suggested. It is left entirely up to the reader whether to take them or leave them, substituting their own preferences as they see fit.

The drawback of any book like this one is that it is written from one perspective. This is evident, as it is assumed that the reader is already sold on the ideas shared in previous books about Thomas Jefferson Education and Leadership Education. When you take that into consideration, this book is a good companion to others written by the DeMilles and his flock.
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There is a lot of indisputably great advice in this book, and it is quite motivating in tone. There is little to argue with in the beginning – fall in love with learning, take charge of your education, read classic books, find a mentor. However, this book becomes quite prescriptive, and the premise upon which the detailed recommendations are based is revealed towards the end to be The Fourth Turning by Strauss and Howe. Perhaps there is legitimacy to generational seasons and resulting speculations, but in the end they are just speculations, not the solid pillars on which one might want to rely for something as important as an entire educational philosophy. On the contrary, TJEd for Teens has this as an underlying foundation, with a goal to prepare for the upcoming change in “generational season”.

In this book that focuses on urging the reader to read more books, there is an abundance of recommendations of the authors’ other works as additional reading. This gives the impression of a very closed system, of the ideas of which the authors would have one base educational philosophies being their own only and anything but collaborative. Many of the writings and recommended resources are intended to have the reader think beyond the established educational institution, but with the abundance of self-created resources intended to help readers “do” this method, the argument could be made that one is exchanging one institution for another.

On a personal note, I purchased this book to give to my children to read to inspire them to initiate their own learning. After pre-reading it myself, I will not be passing it on to them.
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I hesitated when purchasing this book because of other reviews posted on Amazon. I am glad I wasn't deterred. It is a great read. My daughter finished it in one day and loved the lists in the back of the book. I have loaned it to a friend for her son and can hardly wait to get it back so my next daughter down can read it. I am debating on buying one for each of my kids so they can have their own copy. It's wonderful! It explains thoroughly how we are unrepeatable miracles. We are here for a purpose. What is their purpose? They have to find out! It gives great references and is very easy to follow. I'd recommend this book for anyone doing TJED OR want their teen to not be a "regular" teen.
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Love this book, it has changed our lives. We are a homeschool family who was searching for something to use for our direction, we found it in this book. In fact I ordered an extra just so I can loan it out to other families who are curious.
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I bought this book for my daughter for Christmas and I am very disappointed.

The DeMille's write about many true concepts...All children have genius, children should be inspired, children should be educated in an individualistic, respectful manner rather than a 'conveyor belt mentality', all should have an excellent education including exposure to time proven classics and wholehearted mentoring, teens are fortunate to have discretionary time in which they may pursue a love affair with learning that those of us with children, spouses, homes, and associated responsibilities do not have. The diligent and wise will bear rule, socially, politically and economically. All genuine education has at the core, one who is self-educating and taking responsibility for his or her own educational journey. Many people live an unexamined life to please others and unknowingly echo values of popuar culture. Education and the value of education can be more easily "caught" or modelled than "taught". Learning, involves a relationship between the student and the learning, a love affair. You will find many of these truisms echoed by Montessori, Gatto, the Moore's, Charlotte Mason, Gardner, and many others.

This is where, the true aspects of TJEd as coined by the DeMille's end, and the waters are muddied with modern philosophies, faulty reasoning, values and opinions particular to the DeMille's which they attribute as being widespread and irrefutable, DeMille's unusual interpretations of history which glorify the founders of the American Revolution with a wide, single-coloured brush, great amounts of ethnocentrism and unusual theological assumptions. The DeMille's seem to believe that a life dedicated in the political arena is for some reason, one most worth living.
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