There are three kinds of education: Professional education, the public school system, and leadership in education. Leadership in education can also be called the Thomas Jefferson Education.
The public school system first started to help educate students who could not afford any other form of education. The system was set up to produce students who could enter the job force after receiving a diploma.
Today, the public school system isn’t just seen as an option: It’s seen as a must for American students. Educators who know much about Thomas Jefferson’s form of education like to call the public school system “conveyor belt education.” In other words, it churns out students as if they were factory products.
Children are all treated the same in the public school system. They all get the same materials at the same age. They get the same indistinguishable tests. There is little or no focus on individual skills or interests.
Most students from this kind of education are great workers, at least. They were pretty much taught what to think.
Professional education is another system that’s actually quite similar to public education. These schools focus on giving training in specialized areas and trades, such as law, business, and medicine.
Most of us know them as trade schools. It’s much more difficult for students to enter a school like this, since competitive students are the best. When all is said and done, this form of education produces a trained specialists who knows when to think.
The third and final form of education is leadership in education, or leadership education. Throughout history, it is these students who go on to become great leaders in government. It is also these same students who become great speakers, entrepreneurs, and people who promote noble causes.
Thomas Jefferson’s vision was creating leaders who would stop tyranny. Unfortunately it only took a few short years after his educational plan was put into effect before the government started getting involved in public education.
Leaders like Jefferson throughout history were usually home schooled. After the learned foundational skills at home, they advanced to quality schools where they learned about the classics.
Mentors and teachers inspire their students to learn through guidance in their studies. Putting students at the feet of great minds from the classics allows students to learn how to think.