A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-first Century
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This book is linked with the post “Getting A Good Education”.
- Started reading:
- March 9, 2010
- Finished reading:
- May 13, 2010
DeMille does a good job of presenting his research on the matter of education, and his conclusions regarding what has worked and what hasn’t, as well as the three different types of education that he “discovered” while researching. The one he presents as optimal is the “leadership” education, which was the type of education which Thomas Jefferson (an incredibly learned man) received, thus the name of the book.
Basic tenets of a leadership educations are: learning from mentors and classics, you educate yourself (with inspiration from mentors/good teachers), and he presents 5 principles and 7 values of a leadership education. (I learned from this book that Oliver DeMille is a fan of lists!)
It’s a fairly concise book, so a quick read. Good stuff to ponder regarding the current state of our society’s educational system and views. Definitely recommend for anyone involved in education … which would be everyone! (He also stresses that we should always be improving our own education, not just if we are helping to educate others.)