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
Liking, loving, hating, and using Facebook
With a heap of ambivalence, I scan through my Facebook news feed every day or two.
Part of me rues the wasted time, the passive observation of others' adventures, the lurker's guilt of reading and rarely posting in return.
The other part of me (evidently larger, as I keep up this habit) enjoys a daily tasting of the spicy jambalaya of high school and college buddies, neighbors, former students and colleagues, and friends as they plant themselves and wander across the planet - documenting, bragging, updating, arguing, remarking, and connecting to stories - quite often worth hearing.
This week two friends fed my ambivalence - linking me to articles worth your time, I think.
The first is onion-flavored irony, sent by my friend, former DA colleague, and current Principal at Carolina Friends School Mike Hanas. A timely reminder for adolescents and their parents in this back-to-school season: "Seventh-Grader Only Has Two Weeks Left To Acquire Cool Identity By First Day of School."
The second, posted by a high school friend, requires a bit more time and attention – a profound warning from novelist Jonathan Franzen against the dangers of “liking” and the painful payoffs of really loving.
I hope you enjoy them both.
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