Jefferson's republicanism—a people-first, mostly bottom-up political vision with a moral underpinning—was critically dependent on general education for the citizenry and higher education for those who would govern. This paper contains an analysis of Jefferson’s general philosophy of pedagogy by enumerating some of its most fundamental principles, applicable to both elementary and higher education.
Response to this Article
James Carpenter, The Complexity of Thomas Jefferson
“The Diffusion of Light”: Jefferson’s Philosophy of Education.
Democracy and Education,
(2), Article 4.
Available at: http://democracyeducationjournal.org/home/vol21/iss2/4