Category: Learning

“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”
– Albert Einstein

Designing A Better World

April 29, 2019 0

In August 2019, over 2,200 schools will open doors to students in the state of Georgia. A small number of those schools will be brand new. None like this. Mount Vernon Presbyterian School opens the doors to a brand new Upper School (Grades 9-12) building after a year of construction and years of planning, dreaming,…

By Chip Houston

Dr. William Houston, Sr.

July 7, 2018 0

Dr. William Houston, Sr. by W. Michael Golnick, Jr., 1988 D. Ca. 1795 William Houston, Sr., was a physician, apothecary, and local political leader of Duplin County. His early life is obscure until he arrived in North Carolina about 1735 from County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Houston was the nephew of Henry McCulloch, a wealthy London…

By Chip Houston

Stamp Master’s Hand Forced, 1765

July 7, 2018 0

On November 16, 1765, North Carolina’s stamp master, William Houston, resigned his post amid demonstrations against the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act of 1765, the first direct tax placed on the American colonies by Great Britain, was intended to raise revenue to defray Britain’s national debt. The measure, however, was met with great disdain throughout…

By Chip Houston

The Stamp Act Crisis in North Carolina

July 7, 2018 0

The Stamp Act crisis in North Carolina Harry McKown, “November 1765: The Stamp Act Crisis in North Carolina,” This Month in North Carolina History, November 2006. Provided by UNC Libraries / North Carolina Collection. The courthouse in Wilmington was the site of one of the first Revolutionary conflicts in North Carolina. Image source. About the…

By Chip Houston

Interim Reflection

March 21, 2018 0

Before – what are your expectations or anticipations as you look forward to Interim? What are you uncertain about? What question do you have going in? What do you hope will happen? I was very excited to travel to Germany because a) I took German as my foreign language in high school b) I taught…

By Chip Houston

Germany 2018 – Feb 25

February 25, 2018 0

Day 3 Berlin – Dresden 2 hour drive. Played the “name game” on the bus. Driving tour with Heidi – most kids fell asleep. 96% of Dresden was destroyed in WW2 bombing. The blueprints were saved and they rebuilt, mostly after collapse of Berlin Wall. (Soviets wanted East Germany in part because of the treasures…

By Chip Houston

Germany 2018 – Feb 24

February 24, 2018 0

Day 2 Berlin Started day with bus tour led by “Matty” who worked for 80s radio station Berliner Rundfunk. He took us to another remaining section of the Berlin Wall where artists painted murals in sections – famous image of Brezhnev (Soviet) kissing the East Berlin leader on the mouth. Heard a local man playing…

By Chip Houston

Germany 2018 – Feb 23

February 23, 2018 0

Amsterdam – Berlin Sat next to a guy who was sick, coughing, and taking up with arm chair – he was by the window, I was in the middle. Luckily, the flight was only one hour. Arrived in Germany and our baggage claim was small and immediately outside the plane in the airport. Got our…

By Chip Houston