Friday, February 14, 2014

The Trad, Manly Art of Saying YOLO* Part One: Durham Academy Is NOW the Coolest School in the State. Sorry Little Bean.

There is so much to like here. The classic North Carolina combo of gingham shirt and bow tie. The official US Olympic Team 2014 sweater. Creativity and mad skills to pay the bills. But it's the style and audacity of dropping rhymes during a school closure announcement that sends kids a message.

That message is that it is not all about test scores and fitting in all of the time. Sometimes properly living life requires the ability, the discipline and the courage to say "What the 'F,' let's go for it." Not despite it being silly---BECAUSE it's silly. The second crucial life skill that these great principles are demonstrating is the ability to laugh at one's self and to say "and if you don't like it, go to hell." -The kids may not have had class but they learned a lot from this announcement.

*YOLO is an acronymn meaning You Only Live Once.

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