Homeschool Diner Logo -- 1960's style sign with atomic starburst
Copyright 2006 Julie Shepherd Knapp
site map
Copyright 2006 Julie Shepherd Knapp.  All rights reserved.
about the book
The Homeschool Diner's Guide to
A Thomas Jefferson Education

by Julie Shepherd Knapp, copyright 2006

This approach is based on a book written by Dr. Oliver Van DeMille, the
President of George Wythe College, entitled "A Thomas Jefferson
Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the 21st Century".  
The approach is based on the educational methods of the 18th century
teacher, George Wythe, who taught 20 of the American Founding

A Thomas Jefferson Education strives to create "the leaders of
tomorrow" who will be capable of changing the world.  This philosophy
opposes mediocrity in all things and especially the "conveyor-belt"
education received in public schools.  

This approach advocates a daily family learning time that emphasizes  
reading, discussing, and journaling about classics (in literature and
other fields) and includes lots of time for "free study" where students
work toward their own goals.  It can be a very child-directed approach.  
The method promotes depth and breadth of learning. The homeschool
parent acts as a mentor to help students achieve their goals and "build a
path" to their futures, while pushing them toward higher levels of quality.  

This is a great choice for naturally motivated students who are
self-directed learners and can do research independently.   It is also a
good fit for students who have already decided on, and are working
towards, career goals.

Read more about Dr. Oliver Van DeMlle here, at the
George Wythe
College website -- click on the GWC Bookstore and search for "DeMille"
to find books and CD by he and his wife Rachel for sale. -- information, resources, and
discussion forums

TJEintheMidwest -- a Yahoo! support group
I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work,
the more I have of it. -- Thomas Jefferson

Determine never to be idle...It is wonderful how much may be done
if we are always doing. --Thomas Jefferson
back to
homeschool approaches