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-Steiner, Head of School
Make your soul grow
I taught 9th Grade English at DA for nearly a decade. Among the novels that seemed to press the deepest into the memories of my students (the one to which they most frequently refer in emails even now): Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five.
It's been years since I read or taught the book but I think Vonnegut's staying power grows in part from his combination of irreverance and reverence - the latter toward the most humane aspects of our culture and consciousness.
Today my colleague Gib Fitzpatrick (MS math teacher and soccer coach) shared this letter - written from Vonnegut himself to a group of high school students in New York in 2006. An excerpt:
Seriously! I mean starting right now, do art and do it for the rest of your lives. Draw a funny or nice picture of Ms. Lockwood, and give it to her. Dance home after school, and sing in the shower and on and on. Make a face in your mashed potatoes. Pretend you're Count Dracula.
Click here to see the complete letter (and a sketched self-portrait).
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