Jun 8 - Teacher’s graduation speech to students: You’re not special

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Jun 8 - Teacher’s graduation speech to students: You’re not special
 

 

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A Boston-area English teacher gave a speech at a recent high school graduation that has many people talking.

Wellesley High teacher David McCullough Jr. gave the graduating class an earful about their lack of specialness that targeted what it would appear he considered the failures of modern parenting.

The speech began with thanking the class for allowing him to speak at “life’s great forward-looking ceremony” – followed by a side rant about the insufficient effectiveness of weddings.

He then told the ”pampered, cosseted and doted upon” graduating class how they are each just one person on a planet with 6.8 billion people and therefore not as special as they have been lead to believe.

You are not special. You are not exceptional.

Contrary to what your u9 soccer trophy suggests, your glowing seventh grade report card, despite every a.ssurance of a certain corpulent purple dinosaur, that nice Mister Rogers and your batty Aunt Sylvia, no matter how often your maternal caped crusader has swooped in to save you… you’re nothing special.

Yes, you’ve been pampered, cosseted, doted upon, helmeted, bubble-wrapped. Yes, capable adults with other things to do have held you, kissed you, fed you, wiped your mouth, wiped your bottom, trained you, taught you, tutored you, coached you, listened to you, counseled you, encouraged you, consoled you and encouraged you again. You’ve been nudged, cajoled, wheedled and implored. You’ve been feted and fawned over and called sweetie pie. Yes, you have. And, certainly, we’ve been to your games, your plays, your recitals, your science fairs. Absolutely, smiles ignite when you walk into a room, and hundreds gasp with delight at your every tweet. Why, maybe you’ve even had your picture in the Townsman! And now you’ve conquered high school… and, indisputably, here we all have gathered for you, the pride and joy of this fine community, the first to emerge from that magnificent new building…

But do not get the idea you’re anything special. Because you’re not.


The teacher went on to tell the seniors, “You see, if everyone is special, then no one is. If everyone gets a trophy, trophies become meaningless,” he said. ”We have of late, we Americans, to our detriment, come to love accolades more than genuine achievement.”

“We have come to see them as the point , and we’re happy to compromise standards, or ignore reality, if we suspect that’s the quickest way, or only way, to have something to put on the mantelpiece,” the teacher told the graduating students.

The teacher told the students to do what they love because they believe in the importance of it and that living a fulfilling and relevant life is an achievement and “‘not something that will fall into your lap because you’re a nice person or mommy ordered it.”


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 Teacher’s graduation speech to students: You’re not special

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imageimageimage He was dropping that ether!!! (11:04) He even took shots at Drake and this whole YOLO movement. image I wholeheartedly agree. Too much coddling of youngsters nowadays (says the 25 year old.) More people need to get out from under the Facebook bubble, believing that they are the center of attention.


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33 comments for "Jun 8 - Teacher’s graduation speech to students: You’re not special"

 6 years ago '11        #2
SomeOnesoN 202 heat pts202
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That's that ether.. Trolling and hating, felt like he was a BX member at first..

but towards the end, he was speaking that real
 6 years ago '10        #3
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Great speech
 6 years ago '04        #4
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 6 years ago '05        #5
King rA 1 heat pts
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Powerful speech. thanks to youtube we all get to appreciate it
 6 years ago '12        #6
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seriously, realest sh*t he ever wrote
 06-09-2012, 05:51 PM         #7
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 06-09-2012, 05:54 PM         #8
Got Cheeve? 
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That's not "ether." That's just real talk.

He's helping them, opening their perspective, not sh*tting on them. The only way you can think he's dropping ether on them is if you too value praise, acceptance, co-signs, coddling, and pats on the back (and magnify words that process emotional reactions.) This is just objective, realistic knowledge being dropped.
 06-09-2012, 06:38 PM         #9
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I think towards the end of the speech his stance against the "I" generation of self worship and conceitedness becomes clear. It's basically telling all this self centered youth of today that the world is not tailor made to make them feel special and that the best goals help forward humanity not just themselves...... superb speech.
 6 years ago '07        #10
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I bet everyone was like for the rest of the day.
 6 years ago '11        #11
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And yall know theres bound to be some as*hole thats gonna say the speech was inappropriate and will harm the student confidence
 6 years ago '11        #12
SomeOnesoN 202 heat pts202
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 Got Cheeve? said:
That's not "ether." That's just real talk.

He's helping them, opening their perspective, not sh*tting on them. The only way you can think he's dropping ether on them is if you too value praise, acceptance, co-signs, coddling, and pats on the back (and magnify words that process emotional reactions.) This is just objective, realistic knowledge being dropped.
that's why i said "at first". I read it before watching the video, and it came off as if he was gonna gas em, .. but then it ended up being straight, truthful, with tough love.
 6 years ago '09        #13
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The speech was inappropriate and will harm the student confidence.
 6 years ago '04        #14
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This bitter as*hole should taste death.
 06-09-2012, 08:21 PM         #15
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 Got Cheeve? said:
That's not "ether." That's just real talk.

He's helping them, opening their perspective, not sh*tting on them. The only way you can think he's dropping ether on them is if you too value praise, acceptance, co-signs, coddling, and pats on the back (and magnify words that process emotional reactions.) This is just objective, realistic knowledge being dropped.


This.
 6 years ago '04        #16
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Now, before you dash off and get your YOLO tattoo, let me point out the illogic of that trendy little expression–because you can and should live not merely once, but every day of your life. Rather than You Only Live Once, it should be You Live Only Once… but because YLOO doesn’t have the same ring, we shrug and decide it doesn’t matter.








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 6 years ago '10        #17
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I wish one of my teachers said this during my graduation, I'd give him a standing ovation
 6 years ago '06        #18
Yung Dilla 1479 heat pts1479
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Lmaoooo
 06-09-2012, 11:01 PM         #19
billieskeet 
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save save
 06-10-2012, 12:49 AM         #20
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This sh*t called life is hard...my public school didnt even try to prepare me
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