Heads Up

Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to: 

  • connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
  • share ideas about learning and human development;
  • spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy. 

Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing. 

Michael Ulku-SteinerHead of School 

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Learning from wise aliens

In Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, protagonist Billy Pilgrim comes “unstuck in time.”

I look forward to coming unstuck a bit myself this week, as we dip into our past and welcome DA alumni and retired teachers back to campus.

On Thursday, Tim McKenna, Lee Hark and I will host a “Legends Lunch” for faculty and staff who retired after fifteen or more years of service to DA. A few dozen legendary life-changers (including Dave Gould, Harriet King, Bobbie Hardaker, Liz Jasinski, Beth Cornwall and Dick Forringer) will tour our new gym and Learning Commons, hear about our 2015 Strategic Plan and reconnect with old friends.

On Friday, we’ll welcome a few hundred alumni for a barbecue/reunion in the midst of our whole-school Homecoming festivities and …

Posted by mulkus on Monday September 28, 2015 at 09:30AM
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De Tocqueville, Crossfit, and the Purpose of Clubbing at DA

 “There is only one country on the face of the earth where the citizens enjoy unlimited freedom of association for political purposes. This same country is the only one in the world where the continual exercise of the right of association has been introduced into civil life and where all the advantages which civilization can confer are procured by means of it.”

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1831.

On Thursday our Upper Schoolers spilled from Kenan Auditorium into the quad, where student leaders of 75 extracurricular clubs competed for attention and new recruits. 

From Acapocalypse to Habitat, from the Crossfit club to Girls Who Code, from the Quidditch Club to the Crop Walk, our students chose from a dazzling array of associations. Click here to see …

Posted by mulkus on Sunday September 13, 2015
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