How do you define a great education?
- Learning from the leaders and thinkers of the past?
- Understanding and being able to discuss great works?
- Finding a place in life where you can make a difference?
- Having access to a dedicated mentor whose goal is to help you become who you need to be?
That is the goal of Leadership Education.
Leadership Education, also called Thomas Jefferson Education (TJEd), seeks to produce world changers, decision makers, and people who make a difference. The TJEd process involves full-time mentoring, studying classical literature and other great works, eliminating distractors from children’s lives, and providing plenty of time for reading and independent study.
Through intensive study, the philosophy seeks to develop great thinkers, who ultimately become civic-minded individuals who excel at what they do. TJEd is thought to produce students who can think, judge, debate, write, and discuss intelligently, and who are not merely learning facts and meaningless information in a “conveyor belt” fashion.
The holistic learning experience of TJEd was established and popularized by Oliver and Rachel DeMille, leadership educators who believe that a great education is possible by mentoring children and learning from the great thinkers of our past.
TJEd users allow learning to come more naturally, but deliver learning materials in stages. The materials and readings are aligned to one of four natural phases of learning: Core Phase, roughly ages 0-8; Love of Learning Phase, roughly 8-12; Scholar Phase, roughly 12-16; and Depth Phase, roughly 16-22.
Subjects in TJEd include history and philosophy, science and mathematics. Some subjects, like math, are taught using more traditional resources; while others are blended together in thought, by reading great works like Aristotle, Plato, Shakespeare, historical documents, award-winning children’s literature and much more.
To learn more about a Thomas Jefferson Education, it is important to hear from its Founders, the DeMilles, and learn first what it is all about. Begin with these:
and then find others on your own.
A list of current TJEd resources currently available on Amazon includes THESE books.