NOTE: The following is a cross-post from the comment section of the "Why I Don't Do TJED" blog. The comment was posted yesterday by someone who says they recently graduated from George Wythe.
As I was never home-schooled and was not introduced to LDS culture prior to college, I like to think that I have a unique viewpoint from other readers and posters on this blog.
I recently graduated from George Wythe, a promoter of TJE. It's the sad truth that they've made some horrendous errors in judgment (finances being only one and the others being already listed in your blog) but it's also truth[sic] that I enjoyed my time there and learned a lot.
Is all that I learned immediately practical for making a living in today's world? Heck no! I knew that before I applied. I had decided that I'd rather try a college focused on classics and discussion rather than a 'normal' college which would only give an exaggeration of high school.
It all depends on what we want and expect. If I'd been looking for a career in the sciences, my time and money likely would have been wasted. Philosophy (the basic[sic] of the college) is great to think about and consider, but it's never been practical.
No-one in my family expected the college, or TJE in general, to be the final word of authority. How can we completely rely on other fallible people and their very new theories and ideas? Take what works and leave what doesn't based on your own personal experience. That's what I learned from my grandfather, an intelligent man who never had more than a 6th grade education.
Perhaps part of this problem is the advertising; it's more philosophy in general than only Thomas Jefferson's (likely) education.
Also, it's not for everybody and they shouldn't say it is. Some people like and want/need that kind of education, others would hate it. Some people need and want a vo-tech and nothing more. We as a society and world need those kinds of people too.
Maybe TJE would work out better if issues such as have been addressed here would be addressed by proponents of that education style. I'll be in front of the line to admit they're elitist and loathe (like other normal humans) to admit being in error.
[whyidontdotjed.blogspot.com] is a good blog. You make good points, good arguments and good sense. Thanks for being polite and reasonable about your opinion.
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