There is an amazing change happening all across America. We are learning our real history. I remember watching The Glenn Beck Program as he stumbled across a thing called “TJed.” That is the short version of A Thomas Jefferson Education. This type of education is becoming popular, even if it is not called by that name. Some call in Student Directed Learning, others Agency Based Education, others Classical Education.
This type of education takes you away from rote work and gives history and literature life. TJed is getting back to the classics. It’s experiencing mentors, and real thinking begins to take place no matter how old or young you may be.
I saw a young lady mention this education on The Glenn Beck program a while back. I could not remember her name, but I remembered she was from New York and was heading up the 9.12 movement in that state.
I have been using TJed in my own personal life, as well as in the lives of my children for the past ten years. I love learning, and I love the idea of TJed. I continue to educate myself on a regular basis, so I signed up for a course at a college over the summer, that would enhance and rejuvenate myself about that learning process. This college is in Monticello, Utah, and is rightly named Monticello College.
If you have read my blog over the years, you know I love history, especially the cycles of history, and most importantly, how they affect us today. This retreat was going to be a camping retreat all about the cycles of history, so I said to my husband, “We’re going.” He was thrilled, because I’m not really much of a camper and he loves it, and he’s not into the education side as much as I am, so this was a complete win / win.
While I was on this summer retreat, I ran into two 9.12ers from New York, who flew all the way to Utah to go camping and learning in the mountains of Monticello. And sure enough, the girl on Glenn
Beck, Eli Schultz, was one of them.
Many people in the 9.12 movement have made this movement just about politics, and that is a sad mistake. This movement goes deep into the heart of why our country is in this situation in the first place. We are here, because we have allowed ourselves to get here. We have been too obsessed with attainment, and/or entertainment. We have allowed ourselves to become “the stupid people” that need to be governed, rather than governing ourselves. Many 9.12 movements (including mine) have weighed-in heavily in the political environment, and while I don’t think that is going to go away, I am seeing a shift into the education side of the movement. It will not be enough to just read a few popular books, or even a few old ones. It is time to dig deep. It is time to become a new American founder. After all, what comes after a Fourth Turning? A founding. We must change our thinking.
I will be spending the next 12 days in New York travelling with Dr. Shanon Brooks, and his daughter around the New York area. The first two days will be spent on some intense training called The Foundations of Liberty series. These classes require a deep commitment to education, and while the readings are tough, the results are spectacular.
After these two classes we will be making a tour here in the New York area called RVA or Re-Value America. We will also have a special Cycles of History class available for those that ready for a more in-depth study into the broader perspective of the events of our day. We will be studying the Tytler Cycle, the Toffler Cycle, and of course The Fourth Turning also known as the Kondratiev Wave. I
was honored that Dr. Brooks asked me to join him on this tour and teach some wonderful leadership principles to the people of New York through the cycles.
Sept 28 NYC area
Sep 29 Saratoga
Sept 30 Albany
Oct 1 Rome & Watertown
Oct 2 Syracuse & Fulton
Oct 3 Buffalo
Oct 4 Rochester
This is a great opportunity to really heal your perspective and get ideas on how YOU can really make a difference not just in this country, but in your own community, in your own family, and in your own life.
If you do not live in the New York area, please feel free to contact Dr. Shanon Brooks at his college website www.monticellocollege.org to schedule an RVA tour for your area, and then get the FOL classes in your neck of the woods.
Until we are an educated electorate that understands not only the nuances of government, but also has a deep understanding of human nature and the principles of liberty, we will remain “ruled over.”
“Hope” and “change” don’t come from the top down, but from the bottom up. We are the hope and the change that the world is waiting to see. “Be the change.”