Thomas Jefferson Education for Teens

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“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

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From the Introduction:
“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….”

About Thomas Jefferson Education for Teens

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!

Product Details

  • Published September 2009 by TJEdOnline
  • ISBN: 978-1615399949
  • Product Dimensions and Shipping Weight: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches; 9.6 ounces.
  • First edition paperback (perfect bound); 148 pages.

Click here to download a sample excerpt from the book.

Chapter Outline

Chapter One: Your Future

When God Wants to Change the World… * Teenager, Grownup or Adult? * The Youth Lead the World * Realism or Idealism * This is the Time * Preparing for Your Role * Conveyor Belt v. Genius in Training * Does Prestige Equal Quality? * What About Financial Success? * The First Step on the Path to Greatness * Fifty Years from Now * The Genius in You

Chapter Two: Classics

Your Best Mentors and Greatest Allies * The Seven Keys of Great Teaching * Classics, not Textbooks * Straight from the Original Sources * Think What, and How, They Thought * Introducing: “The List” * Level One: Break the Taboo * Level Two: Talk it Over * Level Three: Teach to Learn * Stand and Deliver * 100 + 40 * Classical Languages: Math, Latin, etc. * The Teen 100 Book List!

Chapter Three: Mentors

Going it Alone * Trusting a Guide * Who are Your Mentors? * Make it Easy on Them * Break the Taboo, II * A New Day: Mentored by Mission * Another Day: Mentored by Grandparents * The Formal Mentor

Chapter Four: Falling in Love

Love is All There Is * Heather’s Story * How do you Fall in Love? * When do you Give your Heart? * The Love Allegiance * Why Wouldn’t You? * Self-Serving; Other-Serving; Hate-Serving * When Being a “Hero” was Unpopular * The Greatest Power * The Teacher Learns * What do you Love? * Choosing to Love * Teacher or Topic? * Falling in Love, Again * Inspire, not Require * The Inner Ring * Where Will You Be?

Chapter Five: Scholar Phase

Who’s a Scholar? * The Task of a Lifetime * 5,000 Hours * The Lost Depth Phase * Historical Precedent * Unable to Stand * They Got it Right * Education for a Future of our Choosing * Free Enterprise v. Free Education * The Soviet Conveyor Belt * The American Class System * The Third Option * Let’s Talk About You * Structure Time * By the Clock * Fill in the Gaps * Love of Learning, or Love of Dad? * Out of the Box * Think * You, not Them * Simple, not Complex

Chapter Six: Finding the Real You

The Birth of a Teenager * Midlife Crisis * Fit In or Fix It * The Real You * Number Twenty-three

Chapter Seven: Success in the Next Twenty Years

Good News, Bad News * The Long View * Embrace The New, The Now * Raising Adults * Reach Out * Impact * Be a Producer * A Season of Opportunity * Make a Mark

Chapter Eight: One More Thing

Your Best Now * The Best Generation



  • A: Simulations
  • B: Online Resources


I’m buying a copy for every member of my family!

This book is so-o-o-o good. I am getting a copy for every single one of my young adult children for Christmas even though all but one are now in their 20s (17, 20, 23, 25, 26, 28). I’m buying a copy for every member of my family! The content is invaluable. I think this book is going to have a huge impact on the young people who read it.”

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

Not just a remake; completely new material. What a gift to our teens!

Brilliant! A book on leadership written to the ultimate target audience, the leaders of the next generation! This book is not just a remake of TJEd; it’s completely new material that really speaks to our current needs as parents and educators. Not only will I be recommending it to my students, but to their parents as well. What a gift to our teens, our nation and ourselves!”

-Shawn Crane, President, LEMI Mentors Association; TJEdMUSE Yahoo Group

Easily understood, inspiring to read; the Teen 100 Book List and insights to use it are worth the price of the book!

Oliver DeMille and Shanon Brooks have given insights into the Leadership Education model for teens that are not only easily understood but inspiring to read. Their teachings give credence to my voice as a parent using this model in my home. 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

Important for parents of teens as well

I have read Thomas Jefferson for Teens and loved the work. I definitely want to share this with my own teens and teens I mentor in my classrooms, both live and online. I really feel the book is important for parents of teens (and future teens) to read, as well. Talking straight to teens empowers them and they almost always rise to the occasion. Thank you for creating this work and speaking with such dignity to the youth.”

-Donna Goff, Co-Founder, The Princess Academies, LLC

Don’t let the word TEENS fool you…enormous perspective for all ages

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. We live in difficult times, our children have a big task ahead of them. DeMille and Brooks have prescribed usable, inspiring medicine for the maladies of our modern society and written them in a way everyone can understand.”

-Nicholeen Peck, author of Parenting a House United

…speaks truth to the soul

Every once in a while a second witness comes along and in one magical moment says something that speaks truth to the soul and the hearer–finally–remembers who he is. That is what Oliver DeMille and Shanon Brooks have done. They remind us who we are and what we’re about.”

-Tiffany Earl, author of Say*Go*Be*Do; Mentor to thousands of youth through LEMI Scholar Projects

Read it, apply it, live it!

This book will allow you, as a youth, to feel, to know, and to see how much we love you, how important you are to us, and why YOU ARE SO WORTH IT! Read it, apply it, live it, and enjoy being YOU!”

-Kami Mitchell, Director, Youth For Freedom (YFF), Leadership Youth Conferences

We’ll definitely be reading it at Williamsburg…

Whether a business plan, a personal schedule, or a wilderness trek plan, great ideas only have results when they are executed. That’s the secret: execution, execution, execution. That’s why this book is so valuable–it gives fun, practical, meaningful ideas and examples that focus on execution. We’ll definitely be reading it at Williamsburg Academy.”

-James C. Ure, Esq., Headmaster, Williamsburg Academy

Went straight to my heart…

Wow!!!!!! This book is AMAZING! I have read all the others, but with my oldest child just entering the Scholar stage, I was more than a little anxious to see if TJEd would really work. After reading this book, I am more than convinced. I love how it is written to the youth, but that adults can learn just as much from it. There is so much information I needed, explained in a way that went straight to my heart. I have already been raving about it to friends! Thank you so much for taking the time to inspire me!”

-Bente Rodriguez

…great book to guide teens

What a great book to guide teens along the path to greatness! I wish I’d had this book when I was a teen!”

-Jennifer Pate

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About the Authors

Oliver DeMille

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.

Shanon Brooks

Shanon Brooks is co-founder and President of Monticello College. He has over twenty-one years experience in teaching and administration of entrepreneurial higher education organizations.

He studied for several years under the tutelage of the late Dr. W. Cleon Skousen, teaching the Making of America Courses all across America and Canada.

He is a veteran of military service in the United States Naval Submarine Fleet and a former President of George Wythe University.

Shanon a holds a B.A. in Business Administration, an M.A. in Education, and a Ph.D. in Constitutional Law. He lives in Monticello, Utah with his wife, Julia, and their children.

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