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The Head's Blog: Some Assembly Required

by Dan Scheibe

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Lucky Shoes

Lucky shoes...I got a pair of barefoot-style running shoes a year or so ago-- good for the structural issues that go with middle-aged attempts at exercise. I had appreciated them as exercise accessories, but in the course of a recent month of Lawrence Academy related travel, I have come to appreciate them in other ways.

As it turns out, these shoes are great for hiking up and then clambering down waterfalls-- a feature I discovered when I met up with the students doing work with the Mariposa Foundation in the Dominican Republic over Winterim. The shoes also provide good grip on the Great Wall of China -- which is startlingly steep in portions and best-navigated with an LA parent as a guide. 

This writing is neither a shoe advertisement nor a travelogue. Rather it is simple testimony to the way Lawrence Academy can direct and orient life. Separated by exactly one month, the same shoes on the same feet on the same lucky head of school walked on opposite sides of the earth because of the spirit…
Posted by webmaster on Wednesday April 29 at 07:47AM
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Town Spirit

Neighborly Neighbors, photo by A. MontesanoPerhaps 10 times a week, if not more, I make the 150-second drive from Lawrence Academy to Groton School. I am not suffering from some kind of independent-school-stalker-voyeurism. I am suffering from youth sports. Between hockey and swimming practices for my kids, we have a good number of early mornings and later evenings per week over there on Farmer’s Row. It might be true that I have taken a lap or two around their indoor track while waiting out snow-bound winter practices.

Reciprocally, there are many occasions when we welcome our Groton School companions over here off of Main Street, whether for those same youth sports or for carpools or for the general sharing of facilities and educational resources that makes for good neighborly and institutional practice. And extending the educational commons, many people in our communities benefit from (and contribute to) the excellent public school education we are fortunate to have in the town of Groton.

It’s a constant …

Posted by webmaster on Tuesday February 24 at 01:34PM
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Only Human Today

Martin Luther King Jr.In the less than 30 years since Martin Luther King Day became a national holiday and part of national practice, the occasion has deepened in meaning and purpose. On the national level, it has become entwined with inaugurations and State of the Union Addresses. On the international level, it has resonated with conflicts and causes—with the annual tragedies and triumphs that mark our passage through modern times.

As the holiday is still fresh, it has resisted some of the commercialization that cheapens such days. From where I sit as an educator who has seen the holiday enacted over nearly two decades, Martin Luther King Day has indeed extended both its roots and its branches. Perhaps we have reason to hope that it can measure up to a standard of timelessness and global reach that would mark the best application of human will and spirit.

Beyond the larger implications and within the Lawrence Academy community, the day has become a matter of expectation and delivery, and this year&…

Posted by webmaster on Tuesday January 20
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