Following is a review from amazon.com posted by a critic of TJEd:
Diploma DeMille, October 19, 2005
Reviewer: Richard Stout (Wilmington, DE)
I read an advance copy of A THOMAS JEFFERSON EDUCATION a few years ago and was far from impressed. I was, however, impressed, by the chutzpah of the author, Oliver Van DeMille. While the book pays lip service to virtue and high academic standards, it is written by a man who claims an "earned" Juris Doctor degree from an "institution" that turns out to be a non-accredited diploma mill that had five teachers--only one of whom actually had a college degree. The founder of Lasalle University of Louisiana (DeMille's "law school") was sent to prison after the FBI closed his mail-order operation. Hardly the type of legal training Thomas Jefferson received from his mentor. George Wythe.
That's not the author's only suspect "earned" degree. Before bestowing a bachelor's degree upon himself, DeMille received a mail-order master's degree in political science and a PhD in education from the now-defunct (according to the Florida Department of Education) Coral Ridge Baptist University (CRBU) in Jacksonville, Florida. CRBU was a non-accredited "religious" school with an exempt status, which means the only real requirement placed on the school by the state of Florida was that the degrees they conferred, by law, had to have a religious qualifier in the degree title (for example, "PhD in Christian Education"). According to the Florida DOE, this has always been a legal requirement for exempt schools. Therefore, the non-degrees DeMille claims to have received from CRBU would appear to be illegal. Perhaps DeMille, a Mormon, actually has a master's degree in "Baptist Political Science."
Since CRBU offered degrees online, it seems only fair to let its former web site speak to the quality of education CRBU actually offered. Here is how this "university" introduced itself:
"Coral Ridge Baptist University The university is sanctioned by the State of Florida, and have extended campuses in America & in four foreign countries. The university, like universities; such as, Harvard, Yale, and numerous other institutions of higher learning, are pleased to offer these degrees online (distant learning)."
One would think a place of "higher learning" would have mastered subject-verb agreement, but not DeMille's first alma mater: "The university . . . have extended campuses. . . ." and "The university . . . are pleased. . . ." It would also appear CRBU was a little shaky on comma and semi-colon usage. For the record, Harvard and Yale have never offered online degrees, and the accepted term is "distance" learning, not "distant" learning.
This sentence is from a CRBU graduate level course, "Hispanic Churches and Missions": "More people than any other singular language in the world use the Spanish language worldwide." Even substituting the correct word "single" for "singular" wouldn't help this messy, semiliterate sentence. "More people" cannot be a "singular language" as the sentence states, and using "in the world" and "worldwide" is redundant. The sentence should simply read: "More people worldwide use Spanish than any other language."
The very next sentence reads, "Spanish food, culture and heritage is one of the most intriguing anywhere on the planet . . . ." Unless we're talking about the Holy Trinity, I don't think three things can be one--again, a subject-verb agreement problem. The sentence should begin, "Spanish food, culture, and heritage are among the most intriguing . . . ."
It should be painfully obvious that mail-order degrees from a college whose own writing standards wouldn't surpass a rigorous elementary school's are not remotely similar to a Thomas Jefferson education.
Such degrees certainly shouldn't qualify one to found a college, but that's just what DeMille did. His George Wythe College (GWC) in Cedar City, Utah opened as a branch of Coral Ridge Baptist University in the early '90s. Around that same time, DeMille purchased his phony Juris Doctor degree, which, along with his honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Coral Ridge Baptist University, apparently qualified him to be GWC's "Professor of Law and Politics." Founding GWC also enabled DeMille to round out his education by giving himself a bachelor's degree from his own college.
And finally, after his non-accredited degrees with illegal titles, honorary law degree from a "distant learning" institution that had no law school, phony J.D. degree, and non-accredited bachelor's degree from the college he founded, Mr. DeMille actually earned an accredited degree from Brigham Young University. But even then he hasn't been able to keep from exaggerating that degree. He claims a bachelor's degree in "International Relations and Aerospace Studies." Mr. DeMille does not have a degree in "Aerospace Studies"; that was his minor at BYU.
So the question would seem to be: Is a man who claims a handful of degrees that turn out to be either illegal (according to Florida law), phony (according to the FBI), non-accredited (according to public record), or exaggerated (according to BYU) qualified to teach you about virtue or educating your children? The answer should be obvious no matter how many founding fathers DeMille invokes.