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
This morning, three students stood before nearly 500 of their peers and teachers in Kenan Auditorium and delivered their personal mission statements.
I can’t imagine my teenage self having the courage to do such a thing – let alone the self-knowledge to create and hone a coherent statement of my core values and aspirations. For the 21 students in The Mission-Driven Life course, however, such demonstrations of bravery and wisdom have become commonplace.
Like my co-teacher Lee Hark, I wish I could take credit for guiding these students to their insights about morality, happiness and productivity. But the truth is clear: these sophomores, juniors and seniors have started to do for themselves what all adolescents yearn to do: figure out who they are, what matters most to them, …
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