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
Today's: when was the last time that both presidential candidates (Barack Obama – Punahou, Mitt Romney – Cranbrook) and both starting quarterbacks for the Super Bowl (Peyton Manning – Isidore Newman, Russell Wilson – Collegiate School of Richmond) all came from independent schools?
The answer might be "never." If you know otherwise, please comment below.
Did you know that Russell Wilson was Student Body President at Collegiate School?
Constanza de Radcliffe (US Spanish/French Teacher) and Gib Fitzpatrick (MS Math Teacher) shared a poignant article from Britain's Independent newspaper. The headline: "Give childhood back to children: if we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less."
Interesting, notes Gib, that the author aims at the same objectives as our mission statement (DA uses a slightly different order, striving "to provide each student an education that will enable him or her to live a moral, happy and productive life."
To cap a sunny and meaningful MLK Day, I read the gleeful post of DA parent Diane Lanevi, who also serves on the Board of Directors at Durham Nativity School. Diane and everyone else at our partner school should be proud of a glowing profile in the latest issue of Ebony magazine. An excerpt:
Bobbie Hardaker pointed me to a short but terrific New Yorker article about DA alumnus Anthony Roth Costanzo '00. Subscription is required to read the full article, but here's the start:
Anthony is a bona fide opera…
I had the lucky opportunity to attend a lunch at Durham Nativity School (DNS), one of our strongest community partners.
DNS's mission: "to provide a tuition-free, enriched learning environment and an eleven-year support system for middle school boys who have the ability and commitment to achieve, but not the resources for a quality, independent school education. We promote a rigorous academic program and nurture the whole child to reach his potential through knowledge, moral values, learning skills, discipline, and character development. We instill service for others as we build tomorrow’s role models and community leaders."
DNS was founded by Joe and Ann Carole Moylan (parents of six DA alumni) and is now led by a board that includes Brendan Moylan (DA alumnus, trustee, and current…
In their first full seasons in our new Kirby Gymnasium, DA's basketball teams are rolling.
The varsity girls are 16-4, thanks in large part to their unselfish and unified play (see the photo above - even their socks cooperate!). Click here to learn more about the girls team and see their remaining schedule.
The varsity boys are 14-6, including a thrilling buzzer-beating, game-winning shot last night from 9th Grader Jorden Davis. Click here to see that video - on every Upper Schooler's Twitter feed this morning. Thanks to Walter Daniels for his handy camera work. Click here to learn more about the boys' season.
With few seniors on the varsity teams, undefeated junior varsity squads (the girls are 7-0 and the boys 13-0!) and promising Middle School teams (7th Grade boys are 3-1, 8th Grade …
In case you missed it on the DA Facebook page: DA's Science Olympiadteam placed third of 22 teams in a national-level invitational tournament in Fairfax, Virginia last weekend. The science-minded Cavs brought home 13 medals:
Pre-K teacher and MS mom Sheri-lyn Carrow shared this collection of heroic women - an inspiring group of role models for our girls . . . and our boys. If you haven't yet seen the video of Deb Cohan dancing before her double mastectomy, check it out: joy overcoming.
Parents Lisa Brown and Marianne Zura shared (independently) the same provocative article from Lisa Endlich Heffernan in The Atlantic. An excerpt:
With Thursday's passing of Franklin McCain, Durham Academy lost a beloved community member. The world lost a giant of a man – one who changed the course of history with his choices as a man barely older than our Senior students.
Franklin McCain was one of the “Greensboro Four,” who in 1960 sat at the all-white lunch counter at Woolworths and launched a sit-in movement that spread across the nation and accelerated the civil rights movement.
Dr. McCain, whose grandsons are DA Lower and Middle Schoolers, spoke on our campus several years ago about his experience in Greensboro and his subsequent work for social justice.
Our thoughts and prayers will be with the McCain family. Those wishing to mourn Dr. McCain’s passing and learn about his legacy are encouraged to…
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