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A Thomas Jefferson Education Home Companion

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At a time when the American educational system is in crisis and the family is under attack, the tried-and-true principles handed down through the ages, herein called Thomas Jefferson Education, are fostering the revival of a culture of leadership and liberty. As a result, the family is being restored to its rightful place as the basic unit of a prosperous and free society;...more
Paperback, 241 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by George Wythe College Press
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I have mixed feelings about this book. It’s great for people who are already advanced in applying the TJEd philosophy. I do not recommend it to people who are new to leadership education. It's too tempting for newbies to use this book in an attempt to create a TJEd conveyor-belt at home.

I love the chapters by Rachel and Oliver DeMille. In fact, the chapter entitled "Steel to Gold: Feminism vs. Stateswomanship" is not to be missed. If this article were not already available on the Internet for f...more
I had the opportunity to attend the seminar which accompanied the release of this new book. I could relay to you all the things I realized, but it would fill a whole notebook. So, I will cheat and use this review that says it better than I could:
“At a time when the American educational system is in crisis and the family is under attack, the tried-and-true principles handed down through the ages—herein called Thomas Jefferson Education—are fostering the revival of a culture of leadership and libe...more
Charity (CJ)
Do you know that thing where, when you're pondering what direction to take, everything around you seems to be centered around a particular direction or message?

I love when that happens.

We're in the middle of this several-months-long period of job transition and cross-country move that's fixing to shift again as we move into our new home (at long last) next week. My thoughts have been circling for months this idea of what I want to take with me, emotionally and materially, and what I want to leav...more
May 17, 2008 Shiloah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all parents
After reading the awe inspiring first book "A Thomas Jefferson Education" I wanted to get started but felt a little overwhelmed and not sure where or how to get started. This book is written by several authors and gives ideas, inspiration (including how to run the home while homeschooling), and more insight into homeschooling future leaders of the 21st Century.
I loved the mix of philosophy and practical application in this book. I came away with a refined vision of the purpose and end goal of education and how to work towards that purpose in my home.

Diann Jepson's tender stories of inspiring her children motivated me to examine how I inspire my children. I especially liked the stories of how she exposed her children to music and ice skating. I learned a great deal about how to inspire, rather than require or even motivate my children to learn. I so ap...more
Jul 06, 2011 K. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Liber lovers
Shelves: education
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This book was inspiring and motivational. I appreciated the examples within it, but I wished for more examples of how families "do it." (educate at home) I felt like there was a lot of the "why," and DeMille's philosophies, but I wanted more examples of clubs, "a day in the life"s, etc... to ponder on.
Rebekah M.
The two chapters that I took the most from are "Seeing the Whole Picture" and "The Jeppson Plan." I've made my master plan and refer to those two chapters often as I am in the middle of planning my daughter's 1st grade year as a homeschooler.
Our family home schools and after reading the first book on Thomas Jefferson Education, I was hooked! The amazing principles that TJEd is based on continue to amaze me! This Home Companion is perfect because it offers a lot of practical solutions and ideas for ME as a mother to use in MY homeschooling! "INSPIRE, Not Require" is our family home schooling motto. TJEd is based on using leadership, mentoring, principles and values to teach our family! "The core unit of society is FAMILY, and it is i...more
This book was excellent...thanks to the chapters written by Oliver and Rachel DeMille. The chapters written by Diann Jepson, while helpful; I believe unintentionally took on a sort of holier than thou tone. Jepson is essentially too good to be true. She embodies the homeschool mom I would love to be, but practically speaking an attempt to emmulate her style will likely leave me with tremendous feelings of guilt and despair and my children feeling inadequate and frustrated.

The first few chapters...more
Dec 26, 2012 Karen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those with a good understanding of the phases of learning of TJed
Recommended to Karen by: Lindy Van Komen, Teri Taylor
THe DeMilles are inspiring on every level. Dian Jeppson is overwhelming. I'm disappointed that I misunderstood the purpose of this book. I have read the Thomas Jefferson Education, and thought this was the next step in understanding how to make it happen in my own life. If that is where you are at DON'T READ IT! It will disappoint and overwhelm you. I came to discover by the reading of this book that the next book I really needed was "Phases of Learning." That is my next read :0). They reference...more
I read this book over a year ago and then again last week in an attempt to better understand the Thomas Jefferson Education method. The second time through was better I think. I did understand things that had confused me before.

I think there are some interesting ideas here, but again, I felt like I still didn't know HOW to implement it.

The first time through I thought this sounded very much like unschooling which I can't handle. (More power to you if you can; it's just not me.) The second readi...more
Nov 23, 2008 Nola rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: homeschoolers, educators, parents
Recommended to Nola by: Niki Johnsonwall
When I first decided to home school my children, years ago, I took the time to ponder what I really wanted for their education. Because my oldest was only three when I made my decision, I had time to research, read, and think about this. Ultimately, I decided that my biggest priority was that they develop a love of learning, a desire to embrace knowledge. From there, I had to figure out the best way to instill that desire in them. Four years after I began this journey, I borrowed a copy of “A T...more
This is a must own book... it is one of those that you will go back to again and again... for inspiration.. and for reminders....I would highly recommend it to anyone just starting out with TJED. It is easy to read everything and fall in love with the idea and principles... it is a totally different thing to apply it and do so knowing your applying it correctly... This book together with the phases book and the TJED book... helped put the picture together for me.... so that I could then apply to...more
Though written as a home school directive, one of the best philosophical parenting books ever.
There is much detail here on how you go about helping young people, and yourself, in gaining a truly excellent education. Not all of it is from books; several chapters deal with helping children and youth learn skills about the day-to-day activities of life. Still, underneath it all remains the point that we are all responsible for our own education; gaining a first-class education is hard, but it is also fun. With education comes responsibility; this book can help you recognize some of those re...more
Diann Jeppson has some good thoughts about how to inspire your children to learn. However, she seems to be one of those women who can do a lot of amazing things at once, which I cannot pretend to be :) Some of the things she suggests seem overboard. The DeMilles have some more rather grandiose things to say about education - but one thing did strike me (in a good way): if I am to help my children get a great education, it will be hard and I will need to sacrifice. I need to spend time education...more
This book is a series of essays by different mothers who are applying Thomas Jefferson Education in their own homes. It gives a peek into the lives of others who are successfully living by leadership values. Some of this book, however, I found to be not applicable to me or helpful in any way; reading it just made me feel overwhelmed. I feel that "The Phases of Learning" TJed book is a much more effective resource tool than this one. But it is still valuable, and I'm sure I'll get more out of it...more
This is a terrific supplement to A Thomas Jefferson Education. My three star rating is due to this note: I caution readers to avoid trying to copy/apply everything in the book. The "Companion" is a snapshot of what others are applying in their homes and is NOT a guideline for every TJED home. Keep this in mind, or you may get discouraged when something doesn't work with your family culture. Use this book as a "menu" of ideas. Choose a few items to try and build from there.
Aug 02, 2009 Janae rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who truley believe that we are in need of leaders and that we can be those leaders.
Shelves: my-classics
With the number of distractions growing daily in my life, it is nice to have a book that helps to put life into perspective and help guide me to what I really want out of my educational experiences and for those of my children. We are in need of people who will lead and have the education to be effective leaders. The Home Companion helps to not only inspire but give direction to those who seem to be overwhelmed with learning how to teach a generation of leaders.
Life changing . . . along with the A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille and a couple of live seminars on the Leadership Education movement or Thomas Jefferson Education. I keep refering back to it, loaning it out, needing it again and buying another.
After reading TJEd, I found this book very practical. I enjoyed reading it more than the original book. I don't think that we can/will implement all of their ideas in our home, but I think there is a lot worth taking from this book. I love the culture of learning and thinking that this method tries to create. I would recommend this book to all parents, even if you have no intention of ever homeschooling your children.
This is the companion guide to a Thomas Jefferson Education. It makes TJEd seem doable instead of unattainable. I loved reading this and want to go out and buy it so I can read it again whenever I feel like homeschooling is hard.
This is not a page turner, at least in my opinion. But I can see how it would helpful as a guideline for a home/leadership community. My favorite chapters were definitely 12-15 where Oliver and Rachel DeMille write about the sacrifices needed for Public Virtue and also how to become men and women of Liber. Chapter 15 discusses how to mentor genius, and I found myself relating to this chapter quite a bit.
Ideas that are practical and idealistic for homeschoolers and parents of homeschoolers to use in applying the theory presented in the book A Thomas Jefferson Education. Indispensable if you are serious about a TJE Education.
I cannot wait to set up a "Mom School!" I appreciated all the great tips from Diann and the DeMilles. Can't wait to begin implementing them in my homeschool. I agree with Oliver DeMille that "solutions to our problems today will not be addressed by a quick fix. Kids in our homes TODAY need an excellent education in order to be leaders and change our future."
Apr 11, 2008 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Definately a book I will read over and over and refer to often. Many classics are listed in here, so my list of books I want to read just grew. It gives you some nuts and bolts as a springboard for your own family and also inspiration and the desire to help your children become the leaders this country need (and not just in the political world)
Sep 04, 2008 Sheridan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any parent
This is giving me concrete ideas to use as I implement leadership education in my home.

I think this is a must read for anyone wanting to follow Thomas Jefferson Education idea. I would also suggest reading the first book on Thomas Jefferson Eductaion. Together they are great. But I think you really need to read both.
As compared to the first two TJEd books I read, this is more of a collection of essays written by a handful of authors - some instructional, some encouraging, some informational. I found parts of it to be a little heavy-handed for what is (currently) working in our house, but I also came away with some ideas to try.
I enjoyed most of this book greatly. However, parts of it were a little redundant and I sometimes didn't agree with some of his opinions. Nonetheless, I have learned many valuable teaching tools to assist me in becoming a better-quality educator and to "inspire not require" (Tiffany Rhoades Earl).
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Oliver DeMille is the founder and former president of George Wythe University, a founding partner of The Center for Social Leadership, and the author of A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the 21st Century.

As a university student, Oliver went on a search for a truly great education — experiencing private and public universities, technical and religious schools, corpo...more
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