This response argues that Jefferson's educational philosophy must be considered in a proper historical context. Holowchak accurately demonstrates both Jefferson's obsession with education and the political philosophy on which his educational beliefs are built. However, the effort to apply modern democratic and meritocratic attributes to Jefferson is unwarranted.
Response to Article
M. Andrew Holowchak, “The Diffusion of Light”: Jefferson’s Philosophy of Education
The Complexity of Thomas Jefferson. A Response to "'The Diffusion of Light': Jefferson's Philosophy of Education".
Democracy and Education,
(1), Article 8.
Available at: http://democracyeducationjournal.org/home/vol22/iss1/8