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- 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.
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Michael Ulku-Steiner, Head of School
Happy Interdependence Day
Last week I completed a long and fruitful trip with my father and son. We met in New Mexico and zig-zagged back to North Carolina via a series of baseball games in major and minor league parks: Albuquerque, Amarillo, Arlington, Houston, New Orleans, Jackson, Tuscaloosa, Atlanta, and home to Chapel Hill.
During our daily car rides, we watched nearly all of Ken Burns' 18-hour Baseball documentary. We ate green chile enchiladas in New Mexico, barbecued brisket in Texas and gumbo in Louisiana. We sang "America the Beautiful" with the Texas Rangers. We survived a swampy thunderstorm in Houston. We did the tomahawk chop at Turner Field.
Whether it was a once-in-a-lifetime three-generational retreat, a cultural sprint through the American South, or a refresher course on the culture of our national pasttime, the trip proved an absolute delight.
Until I was about 18, I loved baseball more than just about anything else. Its primacy eventually gave way to college, a girlfriend (now wife), an extracurricular activity (now vocation), and parenting (of that young traveling companion and his sister).
Yesterday my mother sent me this article from David Brooks, making the case that life is less like baseball and more like soccer. An excerpt:
Most of us spend our days thinking we are playing baseball, but we are really playing soccer. We think we individually choose what career path to take, whom to socialize with, what views to hold. But, in fact, those decisions are shaped by the networks of people around us more than we dare recognize. Click here to see the full article.
As I settle in to watch the World Cup final, I think Brooks is right. Sunday's game is not about Messi vs. Müller, but rather about 22 Argentines and Germans and the complicated and fluid ways in which they interact. And life is less about our independent actions than it is about the interdependent teams and families that surround us.
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