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A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the 21st Century

athomasjeffersoneducation 150x220 custom WorksIn his best-known book, Oliver DeMille details the educational philosophy and methodology used by the difference-makers throughout history. Drawing from the educational background of Thomas Jefferson, he argues that everyone has genius; it simply needs to be revealed through a specific type of education.

He describes the three types of education and the goals of each, the phases of learning, and the seven keys of great teaching. He reveals the fundamental, flawed assumptions underlying the failings of American education.

One thing is certain, states DeMille: Tomorrow’s leaders will determine whether the flame of freedom and prosperity lit by American Founders two hundred years ago continues to burn brightly or is extinguished. These leaders are being prepared today.

Is the education of our youth up to their potential? Is it equal to the challenges before them? It is time for a new generation to get a Thomas Jefferson Education.

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FreedomShift: 3 Choice to Reclaim America’s Destiny

FreedomShiftCover 200x300 WorksAmericans who are so demonstrably willing to labor and sacrifice for the benefit of their posterity can only allow the destruction of the forms that protect our freedoms if they do not understand what freedom is, nor how to maintain it.

A FreedomShift is needed today; and to accomplish it, Oliver DeMille proposes The 3 Choices to Reclaim America’s Destiny.

Can it be possible that such a peaceful revolution can be accomplished by three simple choices made by a relative few?

FreedomShift is a book to be read and re-read. DeMille has stepped to the front lines in the battle for America’s freedom.”

~Orrin Woodward, Top-25 Leadership Guru

“Oliver DeMille stands like a signpost pointing the way toward a better, freer, saner society in keeping with our founding ideals. Regarding America’s decline, many people are finally asking “What can we do?” In FreedomShift, DeMille very clearly answers the question with thoughtful, specific, and intelligent direction. FreedomShift is not only a must-read book, it is a must-follow road map.”

~Chris Brady, NYTimes, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of
Rascal: Making a Difference by Becoming an Original Character

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The Student Whisperer

SWMediumCover WorksLike a master gardener, a great mentor, a Student Whisperer, knows how to set the stage for transformational experiences—as often as they are needed. She knows how to create the environment where such feelings and experiences are frequent, how to use such experiences to help us discover and improve ourselves, and even how to repeat and reinforce such feelings so that our motivation and efforts are sustained. A great mentor cares—and she is effective.

This book is designed to help you become a great mentor—a true Student Whisperer and leader at the highest level. It will also help you work effectively with such mentors as you pursue your goals and life mission. This book is part deep teaching of the vital principles of great Leadership Education, part self-help workshop, part example through parables, and part exploration of the great ideas that make mentoring and quality learning most effective at all ages.

  • “My ‘epiphanal rate’ was off the charts.”
  • “I was moved beyond words.”
  • “…a guide book for all who want to truly mentor well and make a difference in the world.”
  • “…a classic! [It] will apply to the businessman and homeschooling mom alike.”
  • “…no matter what I say it would be an understatement.”

The Coming Aristocracy: Education and the Future of Freedom

TCABigCover 200x300 WorksThe Coming Aristocracy is a clarion call for all freedom-loving Americans to awaken to our present dangers. Oliver DeMille is a modern-day Founding Father and no patriot’s library is complete without this book!”

—Orrin Woodward, Best-Selling Author, Launching a Leadership Revolution

The Coming Aristocracy is compelling, timely, and vital. This may be one of the most important books you’ll read this year.”

—Steve D’Annunzio, Founder, The Soul Purpose Institute

The Coming Aristocracy is a book for anyone concerned about the decline of America and the steady loss of freedom. More precisely, it is for those dedicated to reversing those trends through education and entrepreneurship.

Drawing from years of intense and exhaustive research, Oliver DeMille demonstrates why social, economic, and political equality are being steadily eroded.

He highlights crucial constitutional changes, analyzes the current economic crisis, explains why both liberals and conservatives promote aristocracy, and articulates a comprehensive formula for restoring the American republic.

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Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning

leadershipeducationphaseslearning 150x194 custom WorksWith Rachel DeMille

Often cited by the DeMilles as their favorite work to date, this inspirational manual picks up where the primer/overview work, A Thomas Jefferson Education leaves off.

This volume reviews the philosophical underpinnings of leadership education with a survey of human development research that supports the TJEd philosophy and methodology. Where the original TJEd book providers a primer or overview, Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning gives detailed descriptions, stories and examples. It includes sections on each of the Phases of Learning: Core, Love of Learning, transition to Scholar, Scholar, and Depth.

In addition, this book illuminates the adult phases of Mission and Impact, with a special coda on Grandparenting.

Those who master the content in this book leave behind the question, “But how do you actually DO it?”

If you want to implement Leadership Education in your home, school, business or personal life, you will find this an invaluable tool.

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A Thomas Jefferson Education Home Companion

thomasjeffersoneducationhomecompanion 150x197 custom WorksWith Rachel DeMille & Diann Jeppson

This handy sequel rounds out the TJEd trilogy with practical suggestions for helping children progress toward and succeed in scholar phase, including adult skills acquisition, how to conduct a successful family reading time, mentoring tips, club organization helps, how to create a “Momschool”, etc.

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 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; and the prospects for American education are looking brighter than ever.

These incredibly helpful articles read, at times, like a letter from a friend, at times like an entry in a journal of Education or Child Development, and even, at times, like we’re overhearing a conversation. But in every case it is relevant, accessible, and empowering.

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Thomas Jefferson Education for Teens

teen front cover 210x300 WorksWith Shanon Brooks

“This book is so-o-o-o good. I am getting a copy for every single one of my young adult children.”

-Deena Ortiz, founder and organizer of southern California TJEd Forum, “FATJEF”

“The Teen 100 Book List and the insights on how to use it are, of themselves, worth the price of the book!”

-Teri Helms, TJEd mom to five boys, Owner, Tommy Mom

“This a MUST READ for today’s youth and their parents! Don’t let the word TEENS in the title fool you. This book gives enormous perspective for all ages of people.”

-Nicholeen Peck, author of Parenting a House United

“It is said that when God wants to change the world, he sends a baby–perfectly timed to grow, learn, prepare and then take action at the right moment.

“But there are times when one baby won’t suffice, when the challenges facing the world are just too great; and so instead of a great reformer or a few key thinkers, what is needed is a whole generation of leaders.

“This happened in the sixth century B.C. and in the first decade of the Common Era, then again in the American Founding generation.

“We believe it is happening again today….”

This latest addition to the TJEd library is written to youth and adults wanting to accomplish a successful Scholar Phase–academics, personal development and mission preparation. It includes:

  • How to find the “Real You”
  • The Teen-100 List
  • How to study the classics
  • How to make the most of your mentor
  • Sample Simulations
  • …plus lots more!

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Speeches

“The Four Lost American Ideals”

flai WorksIn this recorded speech, Oliver DeMille draws from intensive study of the Founding generation to identify five defining ideals of Americanism:

  1. Freedom
  2. Georgics
  3. Providence
  4. Liber
  5. Public Virtue

Although the first, freedom, has not yet been fully lost, it is steadily declining because of the loss of the other four. These four ideals permeated early American society but have largely been forgotten.

3generations 191x190 custom WorksGeorgics

The word “georgics” comes from the Greek “geo,” meaning earth, and “ergon,” meaning work. The literal translation, therefore, means to work, or farm the earth.

Translated to fit modern times, the essence of the word is “ownership.”

America was built on the backs of free and independent owners. The more owners we have, the more freedom we enjoy, and vice versa.

Providence

There are two aspects to the concept of providence: 1) there is a Higher Power, or God, and 2) God has a specific purpose — or mission — for every individual.

Those who believe in and submit to providence live virtuous and courageous lives of service and leave legacies. They work with passion and purpose. They live by design, rather than default.

Liber

“Liber” is a Latin word for tree bark. It’s also the root word of “library” and “liberty,” revealing the relationship between knowledge and freedom.

In the ancient world tree bark used to write on, and there were generally two groups of people: slaves and liber. To be “liber” meant that one could read, write and engage in contract.

Liber means much more than mere literacy — it means that you have the ability to think, learn and lead. It means being able to engage with the greatest thinkers, respond intelligently, and practically apply knowledge to improve the world.

freeman 234x156 custom WorksPublic Virtue

Public virtue means to voluntarily sacrifice personal benefit for the good of society.

Those who have lived the first three ideals (liberally educated owners engaged in personal mission) can apply public virtue to transform society when it matters most.

“The Freedom Crisis”

americanflagballchain 300x199 WorksDespite the best efforts of dedicated citizens, the freedom movement has been losing for ten decades.

Why is this, and how can we reverse this trend?

In this 53-minute recorded speech, Oliver DeMille provides surprising answers that challenge and stretch your thinking.

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Freedom lovers are losing, says DeMille, because they’ve been trained to think sensus solum. This type of thinking stifles creativity, inhibits innovation, creates cultural rigidity, and fails to sway the thinking populace.

In order to conquer this ingrained challenge and win the battle for freedom, three things must occur:

  1. Widespread Sensus Plenior
  2. Successful Innovators Building Effective Mini-Factories
  3. Statesmen & Stateswomen

Unless we can accomplish these goals, freedom will be lost for future generations. Absorb this speech to learn what these mean and how you can contribute to the solutions.

Sensus Plenior

Sensus plenior, a Latin term, is the thought patterns and language of poetry, symbol, and celebrity.

Lower classes in America have been taught sensus solum, while upper classes have been taught sensus plenior. This has created a de facto aristocracy.

For freedom to win, America needs about 30 percent of the population to think in terms of sensus plenior.

Mini-Factory Owners

As Oliver DeMille wrote in The Coming Aristocracy:

A mini-factory is anything someone does alone or with partners or a team, that accomplishes what has historically been done en masse or by big institutions.

“Entrepreneurship, alternative education, the downshifter movement, environmental groups, alternative health, the growth of spirituality, community architecture, the explosion of network marketing, home doctor visits, the rebirth of active fathering, and so many other trends are mini-factories.”

Mini-factory owners — innovators, entrepreneurs — think differently than other segments of the population. They believe in freedom. They build things worth fighting for.

America needs at least 3 percent of the population to build successful mini-factories in order to revive, protect, and spread freedom.

Statesmen & Stateswomen

Statesmen have 1) a broad and deep understanding of governmental, societal, and familial forms that deepen and perpetuate freedom, and 2) the social capital and influence to implement those forms.

They possess the highest levels of education based upon a specific methodology. With a deep understanding of history, they see into the future, then create and implement forms in the present.

“The Great Depression of 2012″

crashchart 225x300 WorksThe world is shifting in confusing, frustrating, and painful ways. But for those who understand the shift and the new rules, these are invigorating, profitable, and hopeful times.

Digest this 50-minute speech to learn what the new rules are and how to live and leverage them to your advantage.

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What Oliver DeMille says about this speech:

If America is moving into a long-term recession then it is time to start preparing for it in the Leadership Way.

“The greatest classics of depression and rebuilding periods contain the best, most effective, practical lessons for success in difficult times. Yet these aren’t found in any self-help books or articles from the doomsayers or the optimists. I haven’t seen these vitally important concepts taught anywhere else. They are missed even by most of those who have read these books!

“But these forgotten and hidden keys are incredibly helpful. If you are going to ‘live’ during the next seven years of crisis, these keys will make all the difference in your happiness and success.”

Cycles of History

Though we don’t know precisely what the future holds, 3,000 years of recorded history provide a pattern of four specific generational cycles. These cycles are as follows:

  1. Rebuilding
  2. Awakening
  3. Unraveling
  4. Crisis

The bad news is that America has entered the crisis phase. If historical cycles hold true, we’re in for major economic and/or military crisis.

The good news is that real, positive, fundamental, and lasting change occurs during this phase.

The Crisis phase can either engulf and ruin you, or it can uplift and strengthen you. And you can be a linchpin in the rebuilding phase as you understand the rules of each phase.

We need leaders who can assess the new environment and take bold action given the new realities.

Rules & Principles for Success

After detailing the historical cycles, Oliver DeMille then explains the rules to both fail and succeed during each phase of the cycle.

He concludes by presenting 14 specific principles for thriving during the crisis phase, as well as the transition from crisis to rebuilding.

These principles will empower, enlighten, and invigorate you.

Core and Love of Learning Seminar Highlights

CoreLove front 300x257 Works“Core and Love of Learning: A Recipe for Success” is a 5-hour audio series consisting of highlights from a two-day seminar presented by Oliver and Rachel DeMille in 2007.

This mp3 download will help you identify and expand your vision of how the TJEd model can work in your home. Oliver and Rachel’s spontaneous, candid, intimate, touching, humorous and profound commentary on Leadership Education in the home includes:

  • Daily and Weekly Scheduling
  • Organizing Space in your home to support Thomas Jefferson Education
  • What to simplify and what to beef up
  • What to say “No” to, and when to say “Yes”
  • Music and other lessons and how to best integrate them

Highlights include:

  • Which books work best for what ages
  • Organizing a big family with students at different ages and Phases
  • Separating discipline from academics
  • Using outside activities without letting them take over
  • Tips for making mornings work

This unique recording is informal, sensitive and interactive, as Rachel and Oliver share from the heart and dialog about how TJEd works in the home. While the content in this seminar is based on information published in Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning, these excerpts were specifically chosen for audio distribution because they are not available elsewhere in any format; this is a deeper and more detailed presentation with personal anecdotes and insights from the most successful TJEd seminar ever presented.

The Seven Keys of Great Teaching

Forum Keynote 300x200 Works“The 7 Keys of Great Teaching” is an mp3 audio download of a two-hour presentation delivered before a live audience by Oliver DeMille. One of the most popular and widely shared of our audios, this inspiring lecture covers the basics of TJEd:

Engaging, entertaining and informative, “The 7 Keys of Great Teaching” is an excellent first tool for sharing the principles and overview of Leadership Education with family, friends, educational advisers, mentors, spouses, students, etc.

Below is an image of the back of the original CD case:

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Projects

Thomas Jefferson Education

TJEdSeal 300x300 WorksThomas Jefferson Education, TJEd, or Leadership Education is the philosophy and methodology by which the difference-makers throughout history were educated.

There are three major types of education in America today. These same models can be found around the world and throughout history, with identifiable models and objectives. They are:

  • Conveyor Belt
  • Professional
  • Leadership

Each has its own goals, curriculum and methods, with a particular career or life path as its objective.

Conveyor Belt Education has as its objective to prepare everyone for a job, any job, by teaching them what to think. Professional education systems create specialists by teaching their students when to think.

Leadership Education has three primary goals:

  1. To train thinkers, leaders, entrepreneurs, and statesmen—those with understanding and competence to lead society (do things right) and the moral character to act with integrity in the areas they lead in (do the right thing).
  2. To perpetuate freedom by helping people understand what freedom is and what must be done to maintain it, and inspiring them to actually do the difficult things required to make it happen.
  3. Teach students how to think, which is how the first two goals must be accomplished.

The Center for Social Leadership

csllogosquarewhite2 WorksThe Center for Social Leadership (CSL) is a think tank and action organization dedicated to building social leaders for the 21st Century. We empower ordinary citizens to make an extraordinary difference.

Humanity is experiencing dramatic changes. Traditional leadership is broken. Conventional human organization based on hierarchies and authority is outdated. Human consciousness is evolving. Technology has transformed the way we interact and enhanced our ability to have impact — for good or for ill.

The Center for Social Leadership was formed to steer these changes to heal society, preserve freedom, and ensure peace and prosperity for humanity.

A new vision of leadership is needed. Not the old, hierarchical, positional, authoritative, privileged-elite leadership, but a new democratic, action-determined, service-oriented leadership. Through this social leadership, mankind can achieve unprecedented happiness and fulfillment.

Under Development

Books:
  • Thomas Jefferson Education for College Students
  • The Constitution: A Standard for our Time
Other Projects:
  • 1913: Book due to release July 2012
  • LeaderShift: Book project with Orrin Woodward, in development for release in 2013
  • Blog on the 196 Principles of Freedom
  • Audio Books for Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning, A Thomas Jefferson Education Home Companion, The Coming Aristocracy and FreedomShift
  • Reweaving the Fabric of Freedom
  • Signature wear: “Off the Conveyor Belt”

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