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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Excellent sheep

For years the commentary of William Deresiewicz has intrigued me. His essay on "The Disadvantages of an Elite Education" has echoed in my mind since I read it in 2008. His lecture on "Solitude and Leadership," (delivered to the plebe class at West Point in 2009) was convincing then and remains even more timely today. 

This week Deresiewicz published a scorching indictment of super-competitive post-secondary institutions and the machines that serve them: "Don't Send Your Kid To the Ivy League: our nation's top colleges are turning our kids into zombies."

An excerpt:

“Super People,” the writer James Atlas has called them—the stereotypical ultra-high-achieving elite college students of today. A double major, a sport, a musical instrument, a couple of foreign …

Posted by mulkus on Sunday August 3, 2014
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