Recently on TJED Muse, a Yahoo Group for TJED families, there was a thread posted about negative blogs about TJED. I’ve seen them before. What inevitably ends up happening is a confused outlook on what TJED or Leadership Education really is. So, I responded to that post and decided to share it here.
Principles of TJED
I think the thing many miss is that all of the TJED books are about Principles, not a formula for how everyone should “do it”. I love “Leadership Education: the Phases of Learning” because it explains the Principles of TJED.
Worldly Example: Tithing
Principle: The scriptures state that believers in Christ should pay one tenth of their increase in tithes to the Lord (or their church).
Practice: One person obeys this principle by paying one tenth after each paycheck is received. Another pays on a monthly basis, while yet another is self-employed and pays on a quarterly basis based upon profit. Still another person saves the money all year and pays once a year.
Who is doing it “right”? All of them!
TJED Example: Kidschool – Ingredient #4 – “Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning” pages 70-74
Principle: Gather the children together each day to share “What is Mine”.
Practice: Rachel DeMille gives her examples in the book. I gather my children for religious devotional, read aloud book(s), and discussion of the books we read together and what they are reading and I gear it towards my Scholar age children and allow the little ones to play. Another family does Kidschool for older children during nap time while the little ones sleep. Another mother has Science on Monday, History on Tuesday, Literature on Wednesday, etc. Yet another mother gears Kidschool in the morning towards her younger children which leaves her free for the afternoon for older children. In another family, the father shares what he is passionate about in the evening after dinner.
Who is doing it “right”? All of them! Each family applies the principle in the way that meets their needs. Sometimes those needs change and are re-vamped as the needs of the family change. The principle of Kidschool is mother/father sharing what they feel inspired to share with their children to show passion and life-long learning. It doesn’t matter when. It doesn’t matter what they share. The principle leads to success in TJED because the children see their parent(s) passion for learning.
It is easy to get caught up in “the right way” to do things or the “only way to succeed” mentality. That is our conveyor-belt training! Whenever you think in absolutes when it comes to TJED, STOP! Ask yourself, “What is the Principle?” and then “How should I apply that Principle?”