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From the saying what needs to be said department: teacher tells graduating students "you’re not special "

Farnsworth 2012/06/08 18:18:26
Sweet!  About time someone told our arragant youth the plain truth
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A straight-talking English teacher at Wellesley High School set out to
take students down a notch in his speech to the class of 2012, by
telling them they’re nothing special.



“You are not special. You are not exceptional,” David McCullough Jr.
told graduating seniors from the affluent Massachusetts town last
weekend.



The teacher's controversial advice caught the nation's eye, in an age
where many believe today's youth suffer from a sense of self-importance.



"Yes, you've been pampered, cosseted, doted upon, helmeted,
bubble-wrapped," McCullough said in his speech. “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. ...
But do not get the idea you're anything special. Because you're not."


Driving the point home, he added, "Think about this: even if you're one
in a million, on a planet of 6.8 billion that means there are nearly
7,000 people just like you."



He continued to tell it like it is. Americans have come to appreciate
accolades more than genuine achievement, he said, and will compromise
standards in order to secure a higher spot on the social totem pole.



"As a consequence, we cheapen worthy endeavors, and building a
Guatemalan medical clinic becomes more about the application to Bowdoin
than the well-being of the Guatemalans," he said.



In the quest for accomplishment, everything gets watered down. A 'B' is
the new 'C.' Midlevel courses are the new advanced placement, the
teacher said.



The reaction to MuCullough’s blunt advice was overwhelmingly positive,
both from students at the receiving end of the reality check and people
who saw the speech as it circulated the Internet this week.



"For once someone told us what we need to hear and not necessarily what
we wanted to hear," said one commenter on The Swellesley Report.



"Undoing all 'they've' done in on 10-minute speech. My faith in the world may have been restored," another commenter said.



McCullough, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough, explained his provocative words on Fox News Wednesday.



He said kids need independence. They need to struggle and stumble to
make it in today's difficult, competitive world. But too often parents
are there to throw the pillows on the floor.



"So many of the adults around them — the behavior of the adults around
them — gives them this sort of inflated sense of themselves. And I
thought they needed a little context, a little perspective," McCullough
told Fox News. "To send them off into the world with an inflated sense
of themselves is doing them no favors."


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  • Dodgerfan 2012/06/08 18:24:51
    Sweet! About time someone told our arragant youth the plain truth
    Dodgerfan
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this. Now if they would write this in a form kindergarteners can understand and tell it to them the first day of school a lot of non-sense could be avoided for 13 years.

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  • Freeranger 2012/06/09 20:07:36
    Undecided
    Freeranger
    +1
    Dude's got brass ones, that's for sure.
  • AM 2012/06/09 14:23:17
  • Farnsworth AM 2012/06/09 14:48:22
    Farnsworth
    +1
    my point exactly.
  • Charmaine 2012/06/09 07:47:39
    Sweet! About time someone told our arragant youth the plain truth
    Charmaine
    +1
    RIGHT ON!!! The truth hurts but that is just cool he went on a limb to say that!!!
  • ed 2012/06/08 21:50:20
    Undecided
    ed
    +2
    that teacher is an a-hole period stupid teacher
  • Farnsworth ed 2012/06/09 00:04:04
    Farnsworth
    +1
    dissagree.
  • ed Farnsworth 2012/06/09 11:26:37
    ed
    +1
    any reason?
  • Farnsworth ed 2012/06/09 11:49:20
    Farnsworth
    +1
    I don't totally disagree with you, it is poorly timed and kinda of a jack ass thing to do.

    I still contend that it's something that should be said. Kids today are as he describs them, a speech like he gave doesn't hurt the kids that are grounded in reality. It's the ones with the "I'm owed" attitude he is speaking to.
  • ed Farnsworth 2012/06/09 11:51:34
    ed
    +1
    once again not all the kids have that attitude ,there are some who are good kids.are you going to condem them all?
  • Farnsworth ed 2012/06/09 14:09:54
    Farnsworth
    +1
    "doesn't hurt the kids that are grounded in reality"
  • Lady Wh... ed 2012/06/09 10:40:43
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    agreed
  • ed Lady Wh... 2012/06/09 11:27:54
    ed
    +1
    the students should remind that teacher you aren't that special a teacher.
  • Lady Wh... ed 2012/06/09 13:31:33
  • Grandbrother 2012/06/08 21:28:26
    Sweet! About time someone told our arragant youth the plain truth
    Grandbrother
    +1
    Good reality check!
  • writing_fanatic 2012/06/08 21:13:19
  • Farnsworth writing... 2012/06/08 21:26:23
    Farnsworth
    I'm stunned, but I'm glad you can see through the BS,

    You are a credit to your generation.
  • writing... Farnsworth 2012/06/10 01:21:03
    writing_fanatic
    +1
    Well, it's annoying that every time I go anywhere, I'm judged because a bunch of idiots made us look bad.
  • Farnsworth writing... 2012/06/10 11:50:38
    Farnsworth
    I can see that. The teacher I'm pretty sure was talking to a specific group.

    Your probably one of the kids the teachers said good things about on open house or parent teacher night.
  • writing... Farnsworth 2012/06/12 19:00:35
    writing_fanatic
    +1
    Probably. Teachers are better about that. It's the stupid store managers that automatically think I'm there to steal. But, yeah, ypu're probably right.
  • Farnsworth writing... 2012/06/12 20:35:50
    Farnsworth
    even as adults, a few bad ones ruin it for everybody else.

    Just be a leader, polite and respectful and adults will respond to that.
  • writing... Farnsworth 2012/06/13 19:25:35
    writing_fanatic
    +1
    Thank God. It really does suck, doesn't it?
  • ed writing... 2012/06/09 11:28:51
    ed
    not all are like that some are good kids.
  • AM ed 2012/06/09 14:29:04
  • Farnsworth AM 2012/06/09 14:50:29
    Farnsworth
    +1
    thank you.

    All kids are not the same, the grounded kids will chuckle at the "we be owed" kids for getting told off by a teacher.
  • ed AM 2012/06/09 14:54:59
    ed
    he didn't
  • writing... ed 2012/06/10 01:20:17
    writing_fanatic
    +1
    Right, I know that. I'm living proof of that. But a huge portion of my generation is, that's the issue.
  • ed writing... 2012/06/10 11:28:37
    ed
    doesn't matter the teacher was wrong in saying that.
  • Farnsworth ed 2012/06/10 11:54:38
    Farnsworth
    What does it matter? This generation doesn't listen anyway, so no big deal.

    the speech was forgotten as soon as the diploma's were passed out. The anticipation of an all night party loomed and a graduation was just a pesky thing that got in the way...

    So dude, your protest is well documented, we don't agree.....move along
  • ed Farnsworth 2012/06/10 16:08:26
    ed
    we do in part that they don't care anyway so yeah we can move along.
  • writing... ed 2012/06/12 18:58:51
    writing_fanatic
    +2
    He really wasn't. America needs to get over their obsession with "not hurting anyone's feelings" and "being non-offensive." Honestly? Teens need a nice cold dose of reality dumped over their heads, freezing the truth right into their brains.
  • Farnsworth writing... 2012/06/12 20:37:19
    Farnsworth
    clapping gif

    you impress me by just being honest and upfront with a dose of realism. Thank you, America needs more kids like you.
  • writing... Farnsworth 2012/06/13 19:26:51
    writing_fanatic
    +1
    Haha thanks you! *takes bow* jk.
  • ed writing... 2012/06/12 22:54:25
    ed
    I agree.
  • Lady Whitewolf 2012/06/08 20:59:59
    Undecided
    Lady Whitewolf
    +2
    The teachers speech was POOR TIMING and in POOR TASTE.

    Maybe he should consider another career
  • Farnsworth Lady Wh... 2012/06/08 21:02:46
    Farnsworth
    +1
    Maybe the timing, but certain things need to be said to todays youth.

    I commend him for having the stones to do it.
  • Tennyso... Lady Wh... 2012/06/08 23:48:22
    Tennyson James
    +1
    I agree that this was definitely not the time and place.
  • Lady Wh... Tennyso... 2012/06/09 10:41:12
    Lady Whitewolf
    thankies!
  • ed Lady Wh... 2012/06/09 11:29:43
    ed
    +1
    I agree the students should give that teacher a big F
  • Lady Wh... ed 2012/06/09 13:31:51
  • Maddog 2012/06/08 20:59:04
    Sweet! About time someone told our arragant youth the plain truth
    Maddog
    +1
    OMG!!!!! Fire that teacher immediately! He may have irreparably damaged the poor dears self esteem. Unforgivable!

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