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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An Active Teacher/Coach/Activist

The graph above appeared with this article in the Raleigh News and Observer last week. Always eager to find real-world applications for his students, Math Department Chair Dennis Cullen turned the chart into a PreCalculus problem.

He then summarized the results in the following letter to the editor, which was printed in yesterday's N&O:

According to the chart in Mr. Frank’s article, (“GOP split on teacher raises”, Thursday, November 28) the average teacher salary in North Carolina rose from $41,496 in the year 2000 to $45,947 in 2011.

During that same time period, the nation’s consumer price index rose from 172.2 to 224.9. If the average teacher salary in North Carolina had merely kept up with inflation between 2000 and 2011, it would have been $54,195.

In essence, the average teacher in North Carolina saw her salary diminish by approximately $8,248 from 2000 to 2011. We, the people of North Carolina, Democrats and Republicans alike, must do better.

Kudos to Dennis for using his mind and voice to help his students and those of our counterparts in North Carolina public schools.

Click here to see evidence of another facet of Dennis' career, his 1988 inclusion in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd."

Or click here to learn more about Dennis and the seven others who will, tomorrow evening, be inducted into our inaugural class of the Durham Academy Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame. See you, Mr. Cullen, and the Kirby Krazies in the gym tomorrow night!
Posted by in Other on Thursday December, 5, 2013


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