Thomas Jefferson Education is a philosophy that embraces these 7 keys in a way that is individualized for each learner:
Use classics, not textbooks. Have a conversation with a great mind.
Be mentors, not professors. Mentors care more about developing the student's potential, than about getting facts into their
Inspire great learning, don't require rote or unnecessary "seatwork".
Structure learning time, not content: embrace freedom.
Ask for quality, not conformity to a certain form or standard.
Look for simplicity, not complexity.
Focus on you, the mentoring parents, not them, the scholars (BE what you want to SEE).
The Environments of Learning
TJEd families use these 5 environments of learning:
Tutorial: a small group of up to 6 students with a mentor in discussion and activities
Group Discussion: larger groups meet to discuss a work that everyone has read or experienced
Lecture: an inspiring talk by someone who can motivate scholars to reach higher
Testing: finding out what the scholar has learned by asking for written or oral feedback
Coaching: one-on-one help in areas that need extra motivation, teaching, or challenging.
The Phases of Learning
Individualizing the method begins with understanding your child's developmental process:
Core Phase: from birth to about age 8 (one never graduates from Core Phase!) learning to work and play together, know right from
wrong, how to share, take turns, help others, etc.
Love of Learning Phase: approx. age 8 to 12-ish (one also never graduates from Love of Learning) the child learns that there is
nothing more fun than learning new things. The world is full of wonders!
Scholar Phase: approx. age 12 to 18 + (ditto the not graduating) Scholars learn how to put the time and energy needed into getting
a great education, and begin to see their place in the world, and feel a sense of personal mission.
Depth Phase: Scholars (young or older adults) begin to really dig in to be able to get the knowledge and skills they will need to
fulfill their purpose. They have a sense of the importance of a high-quality education that will help them strengthen their family and community, be successful at providing for and nurturing
their own children and others', and create more freedom.