DAVID MCCULLOUGH WELLESLEY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION SPEECH

But why limit ourselves to high school? I hoped it was realistic. Don’t you know you’re special? Their fathers sitting there misty-eyed with joy and disbelief, their brothers lurking in the corner muttering with envy. You’ve been feted and fawned over and called Sweetie Pie.

Joyce Carol Oates to Grads: Katie Couric to Grads: If everyone gets a trophy, trophies become meaningless. It’s a very strange sensation for someone who’s been shambling along quite happily in obscurity to suddenly be the media darling of the moment. And I don’t know what to do about it!

Sschool Your Sights High. Katie Couric to Grads: So that makes 6. Get up, get out, explore, find it yourself and grab hold with both hands.

Wellesley High School Commencement Speech – ‘You Are Not Special’.

Be worthy of your advantages. Kenneth Cole to Grads: You are not exceptional. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editors.

But this ceremony… commencement… a commencement works every time.

‘You’re Not Special’ speech lands Wellesley High teacher book deal – The Boston Globe

The first President Roosevelt, the old Rough Rider, advocated the strenuous life. And I don’t know what to do about it! Colin Powell to Grads: The book, he said, will expand on the themes in his speech.

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Newton, Natick, Nee… I am allowed to say Needham, yes?

Wellesley High School Commencement Speech – ‘You Are Not Special’. [VIDEO] – Most Watched Today

On Point Value this story? Everything in Life Takes Time. I wouldn’t call it harsh, no.

david mccullough wellesley high school graduation speech

Contact us at editors time. Two weeks have passed since McCullough gave a graduation address that’s generated enormous interest online, and in not just national, but international media.

‘You’re Not Special’ speech lands Wellesley High teacher book deal

Joe Plumeri to Grads: Was this intended to be a harsh message? President Obama to Cadets: If children are treated like they’re special, there is an implication, particularly from demanding parents, of expectation. News organizations from all over picked up the story, from the Los Angeles Times to the British tabloid Daily Mail, which ran with the headline: And that, in my view, inhibits their capacities or the possibility of growth.

Don’t you know you’re special? While he will miss teaching, the opportunity to write scbool book was one he could not pass up, he said. His point, of course, was a little more philosophical than that sound-bite would suggest, but it was the sound-bite that hit the airwaves first.

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Ed Helms to Grads: And that expectation pressures kids, and that pressure makes them conservative and safe and unwilling to take chances. So think about this: We welcome outside contributions. That’s the perception, certainly.

david mccullough wellesley high school graduation speech

President Obama to Grads: That everyone is special?

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