Thomas Jefferson Education

How did Thomas Jefferson gain his education?  How is it that someone who did not have formal school become a famous statesman, diplomat, and later President of the United States of America?

Looking inside the lives of famous historical figures, we can often gain more insight into how our current public school system is a failure.  While today's institutionalized schools are set up to place children on a conveyor belt, the learning environments of past successful men were much different in that they cultivated a system of inquiry and intrigue in knowledge.

One reason Thomas Jefferson was so successful academically is that he had great mentors.  Not necessarily brilliant people, but people who sought brilliance.  Another reason could be his environment – living in a peaceful home, surrounded by a multitude of great books and opportunities to explore and learn.

You can model your homeschool after Thomas Jefferson or any other historical figure that you choose to – just spend some time learning how they gained their knowledge.

To help understand more about Thomas Jefferson and his remarkable education and life, Oliver DeMille has written a book which has helped tens of thousands of homeschoolers, entitled "A Thomas Jefferson Education".  He has generously accepted the invitation to share the teaching philosophy of what is popularly known as "TJed" with you!  Not only does he discuss what TJed is and how to apply it in your homeschool, but he gave three presentations, one of them specifically addressed to fathers.  The dads play a critical role in setting the foundation for learning in the home, and this is a must see for any family that is homeschooling.  Finally, he discusses the 5 habits of highly successful homeschoolers – and it has everything to do with mentoring children.

The presentation is included in our full series for the 2014 Not Back to School Summit – with 30 speakers and more than 65 workshops and seminars – all online!

Oliver DeMille is the founder of the highly acclaimed Thomas Jefferson Education ("TJEd") model of learning and the presenter of the online educational series Mentoring in the Classics. He and his wife Rachel are the parents of five daughters and three sons. The DeMilles’ insights are formed not only by dealing with the unique needs, learning styles and gifts in their own home, but through their experience in mentoring and consulting with schools and families on virtually every level, and around the world.

Oliver is also a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author and a popular keynote speaker at corporate and educational events. We are thrilled to have him join us in the summit!

Oliver  presented THREE amazing sessions for our Plus members as follows (you will need to be logged in to access them):

What is TJEd/Leadership Education?
Sept 11th –

You’ve heard of TJEd (Thomas Jefferson Education), which is experiencing major growth in the United States and internationally. In this workshop, Oliver DeMille addresses the 3 central ideas at the heart of TJEd and settling for nothing less than a truly great education. Knowing the 3 will increase the quality of your homeschool, whatever style you use.

Homeschooling for Dads!
Sept. 12th –

The 4 surprising things dads can do in less than 2 hours (total) a week. When dads know and do these 4 things, it makes a huge difference in the education of each child! Every dad needs to know them!

The 5 Habits of Highly Successful Homeschoolers
Sept. 13th –

There are many types of homeschooling, and each family ideally individualizes what is needed for each child. But there are 5 habits that are simply essential if you want your kids to get a truly excellent education. These habits are used by people from many different styles of homeschooling, and without them any homeschool struggles. Learn what they are and how to apply them in this exciting mini-seminar! These 5 Habits will revolutionize the quality of your homeschool, making it both easier and much more effective.







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