All four of Delphian’s headmasters in order of succession (L-R): Trevor Ott 2015 to present, Rosemary Didear 2000-2015, Greg Ott 1991-2000, Founding Headmaster Alan Larson 1976-1991.
An excerpt from the Headmaster Address at Parents Weekend 2018 by Trevor Ott
It is a goal of the Delphian program to increase knowledge, awareness and experience on every aspect of life and to help students arrive at a level of self-determinism that could be better described as pan-determinism.
Isn’t that what every educational program intends? Well, hopefully yes, but success comes in varying degrees.
On a scale where at the top reason and self-determinism are encouraged, and at the bottom they are forbidden, one could roughly place any school. As a society looking at the average that represents our educational system, we are becoming increasingly dissatisfied and ready for change. But no school I’ve ever seen is all the way at the bottom or all the way at the top, including Delphian.
Being satisfied with anything less than the top doesn’t work out well if one is trying to create a civilization based in reason...or just about anything else for that matter. Last year I shared a Gallup poll that found while 96 percent of educators believe they are effectively preparing students for success in the workplace, only 11 percent of business leaders agree.
Can this difference in opinion be explained by how each group measures success? Do the majority of educators measure the success of their students based on the quantity of data received? Do the majority of business leaders measure the success of their employees based on their capacity to evaluate the importance of information to hand and to self-determinedly create new data and make decisions using what they’ve observed?
So self-determinism is something you hear an awful lot about at Delphian. In addition to our curriculum and program, in large part, it is our culture itself that does the work of rehabilitating self-determinism.
In addition to providing the best possible education for today’s Delphian students and for tomorrow’s, the goal is to help bring about fundamental change in the field of education.
Being even the best little school on a hill won’t get it done. Your children might be graduating this year or next. My oldest will graduate six or seven years from now, and my youngest a few years after that. But the game we are playing will continue long after they leave, and in fact, increasingly expand to include more and more students who never set foot on our campus.
You have a part in this larger game, and I appreciate everything you do. Whatever form our progress has taken over the years, it has all been made possible by your support. Thank you.