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Jim Eagen

 

Each day over the past two months, I have felt like we are in a slow moving fire drill. Like all drills, we take them seriously, but we know there is very little threat in the moment. That's why, when doing drills on our campus, it's hard to keep all the kids quiet and some of the staff from lapsing into complacency. It's a drill after all, not the real thing. 

 

But this isn't a drill - we are in the real thing. 

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Jim Eagen

 

An email penned to our faculty and staff: 

 

In the op-ed piece today by Thomas Friedman, "Finding the 'Common Good' in a Pandemic," the author engages Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel in a conversation about what it means to be a society and individual thrust into the very real and troubling ethical dilemma we face today. Sandel believes what we are all doing is assessing the "unarticulated ethical position about how we as individuals, communities and a nation define what is best for the most people." In other words - the common good.

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Jim Eagen

 

Resilience is defined one way as "able to endure strain without being permanently injured." Another is "tending to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change." With these definitions as a guide, I want to dive into the idea of resilience. I feel this is one of the most essential skills we can teach our students - and ourselves.

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Jim Eagen

 

What do we mean by an athlete's mind?

 

I was once told by a recruiter that I didn't get the job because the hiring committee said I came across as "a real athlete". When I asked her what that meant, she seemed as puzzled as I was. She said, "they felt you really thought like an athlete. That's why you didn't get the job." I laughed, and said to her, yes, I do think like one, that's likely not to change. She agreed and we laughed a bit, but I left our conversation still curious. What does that mean, to think and behave like an athlete? Is that a bad thing? Or can that be a good thing?

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Jim Eagen

 

Once again, the school year is off and running! We started Synapse the same we start each year - we launch, test, and then refine. Our teachers and staff are open to feedback, embrace teamwork, are clear in communication, model risk taking, and think critically about what works and what doesn't. People like us do things like this. But it doesn't mean we haven't thought about where we are going, and what our program priorities should be.

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