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Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  753 ratings  ·  102 reviews
The world's problems can be summed up in just a few words: lack of leadership. While the world is in desperate need of leaders very few people have the tools to become one. Oliver and Rachel DeMille's Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning is the manual that every person who aspires to be an effective leader, or to raise one, needs. Principled decision-making, the ...more
Paperback, 303 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by George Wythe College
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Dec 01, 2008 rated it liked it
Okay, now I see what I'm supposed to do! Sort of. This book explains a little better the 'ingredients' to a Leadership Education or Thomas Jefferson Education. I thought some of the ideas fantastic and either have implemented them with great success or will be adding them in shortly.

I came away from reading this book (and the other two) foaming at the mouth though. The authors are SO heavy handed - YOU MUST DO THIS, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO DO THIS. Everything was an absolute and COULD NOT BE CHANGED
Oct 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Glad I read this book (well, 2/3rds of it, anyway) as it introduced me to some very inspiring and enlightening ideas regarding education. At first, I thought I had found exactly what I wanted in an educational philosophy/method. However, the more I read, the more I found that the author's stance that there is only one right way to educate a child (if you want to raise a child with the potential to be a "leader") bothered me. I don't agree with that. The book left me with the feeling that I was ...more
Nola Redd
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I learned about a Thomas Jefferson education maybe six years ago (based on the date of my review of the book), when my oldest was six or seven. Like many, I wondered about how to best implement it. For years, I think I followed the essence of a TJed, but I stalled out and went traditional when my younger two started schooling, which coincided with my new role as a single working mom.

I strongly believe in most of the principles of the initial book, and for those who want step by step instruction,
Angela Boord
There's some good advice in this book for homeschoolers who find themselves pulled toward unschooling and classical at the same time. I actually would have given the book 3.5 stars if I could have, because I think it contains decent and practical information, and I certainly liked it better than The Thomas Jefferson Education Home Companion.

Unfortunately, some of their good advice gets lost in the way they've structured the book. While "simplicity" is supposed to be one of the hallmarks of a
Celeste Batchelor
Update: This is hands down the best book for explaining how to implement Leadership Education (aka TJED) in the home. I use it extensively all year long.

A companion to "A Thomas Jefferson Education" and a must read for home educators. Fantastic book! I could not put it down and now use it as a firm basis for how we educate our children at home.
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a great resource for mapping out your child's education for the year! I use it often.
Nov 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Several times in Demille's first book, A Thomas Jefferson Education, Oliver DeMille mentions that he is often asked, “How do you do it?” He responds that it is done simply by reading classics and discussing them. To do TJed right, it is much more than just reading classics and discussing them, although just doing that is a great education. Leadership Education is a whole book about “how to do it.” To raise leaders, many of the ingredients and “custom made ideas” from this book are needed.

Jul 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
For someone who is considering homeschooling her children, this book was amazing. Abounding with inspiration and ideas, I can tell that this is a book that I will return to again and again. This will be a book I open if I ever need a reminder about my long-term goals as I raise and educate my children and when I am looking for extra motivation. Although I am not sure if I will choose to implement all of their ideas, their educational philosophy resonates with my ideals and will provide a strong ...more
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Really REALLY struggling with this book. I like a lot of the ideas in the book but as one who is purporting to be a leader/mentor in his teachings, all I could think as I read this was, "I am so glad I am not married to this man"! The heavy handedness and the demands I do not find healthy. At all! I also found the book to be very wordy and lengthy and again, for one who talks about not having your students get the glazed look...... I got the glazed look.

I am of the LDS faith and worry that
Mar 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a real education for themselves and their family
This is a compilation and update of several TJED articles and it includes new information. I was really inspired by it and will re-read it many times over. The articles I noticed that were included are: Recipe for Success (my TJED bible), Transistion to Scholar, Scholar Phase, and then several new articles. My favorite chapter of new info was The Leadership Education Continuum.
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is an educational classic for me. I have been reading it every year for almost 5 years. I love going back to see what I have underlined or commented on and see what new ideas stand out to me. It is practical and encouraging.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I was excited to start reading this book, but it did not deliver what I hoped it would. There were so many lists of "ingredients" and "keys" and "steps" and "things to avoid" and yet at the end I was still confused about what my children would be *doing* all day. I almost didn't finish it, but I'm glad I did because one of the final chapters was one of the most helpful in understanding the heart of what they were saying. The main point I am taking away is that we need to get our kids off the ...more
Apr 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
Overall, the author's ideas are good. He is a bit heavy handed in his "advice". He's done it, it worked, so you should do it also. Not sure I like his dictatorial style, but he is passionate about his kids and their education. Many of his ideas I've already been implementing for years and I know my children have a strong foundation because of them. A few of his ideas I wish I had known about sooner AND a few of his ideas did not excite me nor inspire me. With all things you need to take what you ...more
Apr 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: homeschool
I'm so glad to finally have access to an in-depth look at how to be a TJeducator. The explicit spelling out of phases (Core, Love of Learning, and Scholar) with all the interim periods and suggestions for activity and freedom from conveyor belt mentality really impacted my mind and heart. I feel freer to do our own thing and not be so tied to a curriculum. At first that's a scary feeling as you realize you get to provide your own structure and inspiration (which definitely can include curriculum ...more
Kris Irvin
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to homeschool
I love, love love this book. I am learning so much. I am learning what my education should have been like - what I wanted and did not get from public school. I am learning new parenting (and marriage-strengthening) methods, ideas, tools and techniques. I am learning that it's okay that I didn't get what I needed as a child - I can get it now. This book is very, very inspiring.

My only complaint is that so many of the TJED stories/ideas/methods seem like they revolve around families with many
Elaine Curry
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is incredible. It took me a long time to get through it, and I felt very overwhelmed at times, but it is a book that will change the way our family functions and thinks. I cried as I read the CODA - the last bit about grandparenting. It is a beautiful book with good principles and outlines for teaching and leading. I come away with a greater desire to search out and define my own mission in life, and to help my children seek out theirs. There are a few ideas that I don't agree with ...more
Sep 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Leadership Education is essentially a book answering the question the DeMilles have fielded time and again: how exactly to you DO Thomas Jefferson Education in your home. They do have a lot of good ideas of how to set up a family culture of learning, good relationships, responsibility for the home, etc. However, there are just far too many of these "ingredients." Every home is different, and they write too strongly that anyone wishing to raise their children to be good people and future leaders ...more
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a great book if your looking to homeschool or to gain more control over your childs education. I am planning to homeschool and this book will be a great guide. The book talks about raising leaders instead of following the generic plan the US governement has implemented because they think they know what is best for your child to learn. Children all learn differently and may not do as well in a structed invironment that is set out for them to learn something they are not currently ...more
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: home-education
Excellent book that has helped connect the dots between several homeschool styles I like. We are eclectic in our approach to home education, incorporating at different times and ages, a mix of unschooling, interest led schooling, and Charlotte Mason; leadership education ties these together for me. More importantly, it helps me have a clearer picture of what I want to accomplish, and how. In short, recommended food for thought for all homeschool families. My only gripe is a somewhat know-it-all ...more
Jun 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
I FINALLY finished this book - mostly because by the time I got to scholar phase (the section on scholar phase, not the phase itself :) ) I felt so frustrated with everything I felt the book was telling me I had to do, but wasn't doing, or wasn't doing correctly.

I think I should have read the Appendix first. :)

It reassured me that there is no one way to do Leadership Education - and that the things that we have prayerfully decided to include (or not to) are acceptable.

The book in general is
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had a very base knowledge of tjed before reading this book. I now have more ingredients for a tjed home than I can handle, yet the few suggestions newly implemented have completely revolutionized our homeschool model. An "end"goal of tjed (knowing your mission) sits so comfortably with the overall subject base of "the classics"-- as this sense of purpose is itself a classical theme. I appreciate their definition of a classic being interpretted by each individual instead of giving a set list of ...more
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book will be an indispensable resource for our family for many years. Even if you're not homeschooling, there are so many principles that a family would benefit from in this book, from helping children transition as they mature to practices that can be exercised within a family to encourage a true love of learning. I think it also worth noting that the authors manage to address the state of our public school systems without being overly negative or condescending.
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this read. I felt like my darkest and deepest thoughts on education were brought to life. It's the education I believe we all need and this should be required reading for everyone so they can give it some thought. Now to get over the conveyor belt hangover and let go to the education I want for myself, my children, my grandchildren, etc.
Oct 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, education
This book has given me so much insight to education and phases of learning. I am only 90 pages into it. I have to put it down and let it sink in. I will pick it up again when I have implemented the first "12 ingredients" of leadership education. A MUST READ for homeschooling families.
Jun 25, 2014 rated it liked it
My favorite part of this book was the "ingredients." I also enjoyed the parts on raising young adults vs. raising teenagers.
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book isn't just about education, but parenting. It's mostly about homeschooling leaders, child led learning, but your own learning. Lots of good stuff in here.
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book! Really transformed our home and I need to read it again just to get it all to sink in.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: put-down
By just some average people who are trying to make a profit of off homeschoolers. They tease you and then reveal when you almost finish the book that they basically just do what everyone does: TEACH THEIR CHILDREN! It is actually quite a dangerous approach as I know some people have followed their methods without reading the book and actually don't teach their children. Letting their kid play video games all day and he is 11 and doesn't know how to read. I gave it two stars as there were a ...more
Alisa Raty
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really, really good book. I liked it way better than Leadership Education: A Thomas Jefferson Education. That book was good, but it was a little frustrating because Demille makes big, generalized statements that are really passionate, and you kind of have to read it really thoughtfully so you don't get confused. They do that sometimes in this book, but it doesn't seem as bad, and I was a lot more sold on the idea of leadership education after this book. In fact, I am amazed at how natural it is. ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
There are a lot of great education-related principles in this book; it clearly lays out the DeMille's position for gaining a first-class education, not job training, but education that builds leaders regardless of the career path one takes. They advocate inspiring students to achieve greatness in their academic pursuits and accept responsibility for their education, rather than forcing everyone—like it or not—through a canned education process. The Four Phases of Learning, the Seven Keys of ...more
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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,