They have my vote!

recipe-success_canstockphoto1532608TJEd has been around for the better part of two decades, and we are starting to see more 1st-, 2nd- and even 3rd-generation TJEd practitioners.

Where ten years ago we were helping several handfuls of moms to rediscover their Love of Learning so they could help inspire their kids, now we’re seeing grandparents who’ve successfully fulfilled not only Love of Learning but Scholar and Depth phases, and who now operate in Mission and Impact phases to build families, businesses, organizations and communities.

We are seeing entrepreneurs, thought leaders, educators and government officials; business, medical and legal professionals; scientists, artists and spiritual leaders–all having been been raised up or influenced by the Leadership Education model and who are leavening their community and family with the principles of freedom, prosperity and societal success.

Kudos to our former students who have gone on to such schools as Pepperdine, George Washington University, Harvard Law, Harvard School of Education, Brigham Young University, University of Oklahoma Law, Florida State University Grad School, St. John’s College, Acton MBA and others.

It’s both exciting and inevitable that when a model such as TJEd grows and expands that it will spawn sub-sets and niches.

Sometimes people ask me what I think of this article, that business, this class or that school that a particular person or persons are developing to help people with their education.

My response is: God bless them!

There was a time when the TJEd book and the Face-to-Face with Greatness seminars were (for many people) the sum total of what we or anybody offered to support those in pursuit of Leadership Education.

Of course, I do have fond memories and even a little nostalgia for those days, but I’m no more inclined to keep things forever as they were 15 years ago than I am to try to keep my little kids from growing up and having families of their own.

Newer projects in various stages of development (including LEMI, AYLI, TJEd Family Forums, online discussion groups, YFF, The Center for Social Leadership, SmartCents, Williamsburg Academy, Monticello College, Leadership Education Academy, The Closet Coach, Headgates, Unleashing Your Voice, Abigail Adams Academy, Teaching Self Government, and others too numerous to mention) are a source of great optimism for us, and represent a rising generation of schools and offerings to further bless our society and world.

Without them, how would the great individuals who have sacrificed so much  and work so hard in preparing to make a difference go about expressing their genius and their mission?

I will say that we are happily retired from our school-administering days, so we do not have any specific or official affiliation with any of them (excepting CSL); but we sincerely hope that they will be wildly successful, and that our beloved first brainchild George Wythe University will continue to grow and serve those that find in it their ideal.

We also hope that others with similar inclinations will take on the tremendous task of building institutions and projects to meet the demand for students and leaders trained up with mentors and classics.

One hundred such schools would not be enough, and from the outset of the founding of George Wythe we articulated our hope that by building what we had in our hearts others would be inspired to do similar projects.

Watch for them.

It is our hope that as our educational network of friends patronizes and supports such ventures, we all are fostering a more diverse and pluralistic community that will appeal to an even broader demographic, and thus help the principles of Leadership Education reach the people that really need it so it can achieve its lofty aims.

We continue to be so impressed with the quality of many such endeavors, and look forward with great anticipation to another generation of youth and leaders who have come face-to-face with greatness.

xoxo rd

About the Author:

Rachel is the co-author of Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning and the audio series Core and Love of Learning: A Recipe for Success, and the author of the award-winning educational resource, This Week in History. She is an accomplished musician, writer, literary editor, public speaker, consultant and momschool organizer.

One Comment

  1. Bonnie Jones March 13, 2011 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    I love you, Rachel! Thanks for everything. :*

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