Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Thomas Jefferson Education - Oliver DeMille

Amazon Book Description:
Is American education preparing the future leaders our nation needs, or merely struggling to teach basic literacy and job skills? Without leadership education, are we settling for an inadequate system that delivers educational, industrial, governmental and societal mediocrity?
In A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-first Century, Oliver DeMille presents a new educational vision based on proven methods that really work! Teachers, students, parents, educators, legislators, leaders and everyone who cares about America's future must read this compelling book.

This book is so informative!  I love the concepts of a Thomas Jefferson education - reading and learning through the classics.  Not just classics in literature but in science, history, arts, math, etc. Also the approach used is much more of a mentor/coaching focus than on the traditional lecture format.  This method focuses on teaching people (of all ages) HOW to think (versus WHAT to think).

I think the ideas and plans in this book are brilliant.  I read classics with my daughter all the time (for pleasure) but will certainely implement some of the methods and ideas in this book to make the experience better for her (and me).

Also, the resources  alone(including book lists) in the back of the book are worth the purchase of the book.  If you have children or are hoping to learn more yourself, go pick this book up (borrow, buy, steal {ok, maybe not steal} now!

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