The OVCA Vision of Education
At OVCA, success in the classroom means that we equip our students lifelong spiritually, academically, socially, and physically. A vision helps us to clarify what we believe is effective in education so that we can be successful in equipping our students. When we have a vision, we can pinpoint what works at our school and omit what is ineffective.
An easy way to remember the elements of our vision is to think about it in terms of the why, the what, and the how.
What is learning?
Here is our definition of learning taken from OVCA’s own instructional philosophy.
“Learning is processing truth—hearing something new, finding a context for that new truth in the mind, enriching that context, and finally making that truth a functional part of who we are.”
This definition of learning has bearing on how we instruct the students: what ideas about instruction we uphold despite unpopularity, what ideas we reject, and what new ideas we thoughtfully adapt. The concept of “truth” in that definition is important, since some learning theories can assume the absence of objective truth.