Letter From The Headmaster
As technology advances and evolves, and humans become more and more capable, our future has the potential to take two different paths:
There’s the potential for a world where humans are broadly incapable of work. Then there’s our true destiny, where humanity’s basic nature as explorers, adventurers, and conquerors of our environments is assisted and enhanced by our advancing knowledge and technology.
This is our real job as educators: creating young people capable of creating a future that allows humankind to be interested, to explore, to create.
How do we do that? There are a lot of answers, but there are a few fundamentals of education we have found to be true in achieving this specifically, the ability to absorb and create knowledge and the right for students to have, own and solve real problems.
Students need problems. A person begins to take care of the future by imagining what is going to happen so as to be ready for it. He or she tries to foresee, through imagination, possible problems that will be met and to reach conclusions about them so that split-second action can take place when the actual problem is met.
One of the best pieces of advice we can give our students is to find something that scares them and jump in. Whether they succeed or fail, in the end, the lessons learned and the abilities gained by testing the knowledge they’ve absorbed against their own conclusions and trying their own ideas is invaluable. Our practical program, done with integrity and courage by staff and students, is a bastion of defense against the slippery slope society finds itself on right now as technology advances and young people’s right to have and solve problems are fewer and further between.
If the goal of the Delphian practical program is to show students how able they actually are, we better do more than show them how well they can create problems. We better get really excited about students solving problems too!
It isn’t that it is never right to solve a problem for a student. But if we want independent students who can create their own future, we need to pay attention to when and how often we do it.
Students’ solutions are often many things ranging from brilliant, to different and unique, to the uninformed. They have a right to see them through.
Let’s protect our students’ right to knowledge and to creating and solving problems.