Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning

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“More than just a book to read, it is a book to own and to return to again and again.”

-Janiece Sloan

“…[a] practical and detailed outline! After studying The Phases of Learning, I felt as if I understood my children more deeply.”

-Nanette Baker

Leadership Education helps explain the stages that everyone needs to go through to fulfill their mission in life (that includes parents, too!). I love that suggestions of activities are included so that those just beginning this TJEd journey can get their feet wet and be mentored along the way. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

-Bente Rodriguez

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The Next Step in TJEd

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. It develops in depth not only the philosophy but also the nuts-and-bolts application of each individual Phase, the critical Transitions between Phases and the “big-picture” vision to begin with the end in mind.

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

A Crisis of Leadership

The world’s problems can be summed up in just a few words: lack of leadership. While the world is in desperate need of leaders, very few people have the tools to become one.

Oliver and Rachel DeMille’s Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning is the manual that every person who aspires to be an effective leader, or to raise one, needs.

Principled decision-making, the cultivation of character, studying the classics, and using critical thinking skills are just a few of the lost educational virtues of today restored by this book.

An in-depth look at the philosophy and phases of education is indispensable when creating leaders. This book will help any family find the direction they are looking for when pursuing leadership education. This book teaches not only the theories behind Thomas Jefferson Education but also the practical application of these theories for you and your children, with great detail on the features of Thomas Jefferson Education-modeled home, parenting, family, education, leadership and life’s mission.

As we apply the philosophy contained in Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning we will transform not only our families and our classrooms, but the world.

Product Details:

  • Second edition, published July 2010 by TJEdOnline.
  • Perfect bound (paperback), 303 pages.
  • 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches, 1.2 lbs.
  • ISBN: 978-0967124643

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Chapter Outline


Leadership Determines the Future • 3 Traditions of Education • Leadership Education is Vital • Getting the Most Out of This Book

Chapter 1: Two Views of Childhood

Differing Educational Views & Assumptions • John Dewey • Dewey v. Deweyism • Lev Vygotsky • Erik Erikson • Jean Piaget • The “Four Gospels” of Modern Education

Chapter 2: The Phases

Core, Love of Learning, Scholar, Depth, Mission, & Impact • Integral Relationship of Phases • 7 Keys of Great Teaching • 1. Classics, Not Textbooks • 2. Mentors, Not Professors • 3. Inspire, Not Require • 4. Structure Time, Not Content • 5. Quality, Not Conformity • 6. Simplicity, Not Complexity • 7. You, Not Them • Applying the 7 Keys • The 8th Key • Foundational Phases • Educational Phases • Applicational Phases • Life Transitions • Getting Off the Conveyor Belt

Chapter 3: Core & Love of Learning Ingredients 1-12

1. Sundays • 2. Weeks • 3. Mornings • 4. Kidschool • 5. The Bean-Counter Game • 6. The 6-Month Purge • 7. The 6-Month “No” • 8. The 6-Month Inventory • 9. The Annual Project • 10. The Annual Break • 11. Afternoons • 12. Evenings

Chapter 4: Core & Love of Learning Ingredients 13-30

13. Winters • 14. Summers • 15. The Weekly Club • 16. The Binder • 17. The Field Trip • 18. The Library Trip • 19. The Bookshelf • 20. The Closet • 21. The Family Room • 22. The Entertainment Room • 23. The Donation Box • 24. The Storage Box • 25. The Weekly Lesson • 26. The Safety Kids Class • 27. The Mom School • 28. The Computer • 29. The Kitchen Table • 30. The Cleaning Time

Chapter 5: Core & Love of Learning Ingredients 31-55

31. The Academic “No” • 32. The Discipline “No” • 33. The Yard • 34. The Evening Reading List • 35. The Chores • 36. Grandparent Mentoring • 37. Teaching the Model • 38. The Central Classic • 39. The Awakening • 40. The Interruption “Yes” • 41. The Stateswoman • 42. The Core Reading List • 43. The Degree Program • 44. The Formal Ball • 45. The Assignment • 46. The Mission • 47. The Friend • 48. The Core Phase Curriculum • 49. The Love of Learning Curriculum • 50. Spring is for Science • 51. Fall is for Beginnings • 52. The Subscription • 53. The Dinner Meal • 54. The Discipline “Yes” • 55. The Academic “Yes”

Chapter 6: Transition to Scholar

Traits & Behaviors Indicating Transition to Scholar • Transition Discoveries • 8 Systems of Learning, Skills, & Phases When Learned • Lessons & Results of the 2 Paths During Transition • 35 Parenting Skills for Transition • Specific Advice for Fathers & Mothers • The 3 Indispensable Choices

Chapter 7: Scholar Phase

Facilitating Scholar Phase • Historical Roots • The Practice Scholar • The Project Scholar • The Self-Directed Scholar

Chapter 8: Depth Phase

Current Trends • Recommendations for an Ideal College • Mentors in Depth Phase • Key Actions

Chapter 9: Mission Phase

Transition to Mission • 3 Challenges • The Quick Fix • The Family Way • The Leadership Conveyor Belt • The Price of Leadership

Chapter 10: Impact Phase

Mentor: Build Protegees • Scholar: Fill in Educational Gaps • Citizen: Increase Freedom • Entrepreneur: Add Value • Sentinel: Warn Upcoming Generations • Philosopher: Make Classics of Your Own • Philanthropist: Selflessly Increase Happiness • Disciple: Let Go of Baggage & Discipline Your Life • Artist: Create Beauty • Statesman: Change the World for Good • Healer: Change the One • Elder: Never Retire, But Continue Serving • Grandparent: Leave a Legacy

Coda: Grandparenting


…an indispensible key for success

I once heard Oliver DeMille say, “In any arena of life, the key to success is to fully master the basics.” Indeed, this is true. Whenever things are amiss, go back to the basics and there you will find your answer.

This in-depth look into the phases of leadership education is an indispensable key for finding success in understanding and implementing the principles introduced in A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-first Century. More than just a book to read, it is a book to own and to return to again and again.

-Janiece Sloan

…I understood my children more deeply

Thank you for this practical and detailed outline! After studying The Phases of Learning, I felt as if I understood my children more deeply.

My first introduction to Leadership Education came when my oldest was 18 and my youngest 7. Needless-to-say, we had spent many years on the Conveyor Belt, and this information added depth to the principles of Leadership Education that I could implement and enjoy immediately.

-Nanette Baker

…I love the suggestions for those just beginning the TJEd journey

Leadership Education is for everyone. As the authors tell us, all our youth will be leaders. They may not be in government or politics, but they will be leaders with their friends, their families and those who know them.

We want our children to be able to stand firm and be an inspiration to those around them. We don’t want them to sway with the winds of peer pressure and indecision.

Leadership Education helps explain the stages that everyone needs to go through to fulfill their mission in life (that includes parents, too!). I love that suggestions of activities are included so that those just beginning this TJEd journey can get their feet wet and be mentored along the way.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

-Bente Rodriguez

This is it! The how-to to transform our homes into inspiring places of learning and growth…

Thank you for giving us the next step. After reading TJEd it’s hard to know where to go from there. This is it! The how-to principles that can help those of us who haven’t had a leadership education to transform our homes into inspiring places of learning and growth.

This is a great manual to go along with the Forums and Face to Face with Greatness seminars. Together these three things have helped me achieve the 8th principle – Secure not Stressed!

-Jennifer Pate

Every family needs this incredible book…

“This book has an audacious purpose: the transformation of our families and our classrooms. It teaches not only the philosophy but also the hands-on details of how to effectively educate for leadership. Every family needs this incredible book in their home!”

-Jodie Palmer

“I thought I already knew some of this information from articles and seminars, but there is so much new material in this book that I know I’ll read it over and over. It is the manual for great education, at every age and stage of life!”

-Julie Earley

“I am excited for every one of my children to read it cover to cover!”

-Angela Baker

About the Authors


bio_oliverOliver DeMille is the author of A Thomas Jefferson Education, The Coming Aristocracy and other books on education and freedom. He has taught graduate courses on the complete writings of Thomas Jefferson, The Federalist Papers, Aristotle’s Politics and other great classics of liberty. Oliver is a popular keynote speaker, writer and business consultant.
Presently, he is active as a founding partner with The Center for Social Leadership and he devotes a majority of his time to writing. Oliver is married to the former Rachel Pinegar. They have eight children.

Rachel DeMille

Rachel Pinegar DeMille is the wife of Oliver DeMille and his frequent collaborator. Rachel is the owner of TJEdOnline.com and the author of “This Week in History” educational supplements for the home and classroom.

Rachel’s educational history was rather the opposite of Oliver’s, but with similar outcomes: whereas he had learning disabilities that hindered his early progress, she began playing the piano at age three, and was reading fluently by the age of four. Her facility with learning extended from math and science to foreign language and the arts, and she spent her early years in gifted programs. However, as she grew, she found it difficult to “fit in” to the system, and increasingly found that her best educational experiences were outside of the classroom, either through personal study, or with the guidance of caring and challenging mentors.

The youngest of six children, Rachel observed the upbringing of her nieces and nephews, and was deeply affected by the philosophies of her next oldest sister and her husband, who were homeschooling their children through the classics. She recognized the pattern of classics and mentoring that had been her own ideal, and determined to pursue a similar course in raising her own family.

Rachel is also the co-author of A Thomas Jefferson Education Home Companion and the audio series Core and Love of Learning: A Recipe for Success. She is an accomplished musician, writer, literary editor, public speaker, consultant and momschool organizer.


Since their marriage in 1989, Oliver and Rachel’s educational experiences and philosophies have combined and developed into a dynamic, wholistic worldview, evolving into what is now popularly called “Thomas Jefferson Education,” “Leadership Education,” or simply, “TJEd.” They are the parents of five daughters and three sons, one of whom has multiple disabilities, and several with varying degrees of dyslexia and giftedness, making their experience as home educators both broad and varied. The DeMilles’ insights are informed not only by dealing with the unique needs, learning styles and gifts in their own home, but through their experience in mentoring and consulting with schools and families on virtually every level, and around the world.

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