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Opinion: Grads not special?

Opinion: Grads not special?


June 23rd, 2012 by Journal & Courier, via The AP in News

Journal & Courier, Lafayette, Ind., on the "You're Not Special" graduation speech:

By now, you've probably heard about the graduation speech offered by David McCullough, an English teacher at Wellesley High School outside Boston.

It has become known as the "You're Not Special" speech, thanks to a passage in which McCullough said the following:

"Contrary to what your soccer trophy suggests, your glowing seventh-grade report card, despite every assurance of a certain corpulent dinosaur, that nice Mister Rogers and your batty Aunt Sylvia, no matter how often your maternal caped crusader 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 ... But do not get the idea you're anything special. Because you're not."

Seemingly minutes after the ceremony, the speech went viral and moms and dads coast-to-coast were offended, as was a onetime presidential hopeful ...

Perhaps what McCullough was attempting to do was help the graduates understand that the real world is not as forgiving as the cocoon in which they have been living. It is tough out there. ...