Brilliant. Boston graduation speech: You're Not Special

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'You're NOT special': Teacher rants at 'pampered, cosseted and doted upon' students in bizarre graduation speech




A straight-talking Boston teacher gave his students a reality check during their graduation, using his address to tell them they were 'not special'.
In a rant targeting modern American parenting, Wellesley High teacher David McCullough Jr reminded the 'pampered, cosseted and doted upon' seniors that they are just another person on a planet with a population of 6.8billion - and therefore utterly insignificant.

'Yes, you’ve been pampered, cosseted, doted upon, helmeted, bubble wrapped... nudged, cajoled, wheedled .. feted and fawned over and called sweetie pie,' he told the teenagers in the speech, published on BostonHerald.com.
'But do not get the idea you’re anything special. Because you’re not.

'Contrary to what your under-nine soccer trophy suggests, your glowing seventh-grade report card, despite every assurance of a certain corpulent purple dinosaur, that nice Mister Rogers and your batty Aunt Sylvia... you’re nothing special.'
Mr McCullough told the graduates that a whopping 3.2million seniors were in the process of graduating from more than 37,000 high schools across the United States.

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'That’s 37,000 valedictorians, 37,000 class presidents, 92,000 harmonizing altos, 340,000 swaggering jocks, 2,185,967 pairs of Uggs,' he said.

'But why limit ourselves to high school? After all, you’re leaving it. So think about this: even if you’re one in a million, on a planet of 6.8billion that means there are nearly 7,000 people just like you.'

Ceremony: Mr McCullough delivered his bizarre speech at Wellesley High


The experienced English teacher attacked what he says is an 'epidemic' in America of loving rewards more than genuine achievements.

'You see, if everyone is special, then no one is,' he said. 'If everyone gets a trophy, trophies become meaningless. 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.'

Mr McCullough concluded the graduation tirade with typical, upbeat advice that urged students to work hard and do what they love.

'Before you scatter to the winds, I urge you to do whatever you do for no reason other than you love it and believe in its importance,' he said.

But he added that a 'fulfilling' and 'relevant' life is an achievement, 'not something that will fall into your lap because you're a nice person or mommy ordered it.'

The teacher concluded: 'The sweetest joys of life, then, come only with the recognition that you’re not special.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...tudents-graduation-address.html#ixzz1xDXfCwtn
The full speech is here:
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/re...eid=1061137286&format=&page=1&listingType=Loc

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Nice. He probably did not get through to a single kid but I like his message.
 

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Right the fuck on.
 

Norm Stansfield

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Saying no one is special is just as stupid as saying everyone is. But other than that, I don't see what's so controversial about his speech.
 

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God, I love it when teachers piss all over what parents and 80% of what schools and youth sports teams say nowadays. I was let go because I wasn't all sunshine and flowers with my last team...It was the first time I have ever been let go because I was trying to make the team "too competitive". I laughed at them while they fired me when they said that.
Bra-fucking-vo!!!!
 

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This guy is my new friggin hero.
 

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This is a great part...

So here we are... commencement... life’s great forward-looking ceremony. (And don’t say, “What about weddings?” Weddings are one-sided and insufficiently effective. Weddings are bride-centric pageantry. Other than conceding to a list of unreasonable demands, the groom just stands there. No stately, hey-everybody-look-at-me procession. No being given away. No identity-changing pronouncement. And can you imagine a television show dedicated to watching guys try on tuxedos? Their fathers sitting there misty-eyed with joy and disbelief, their brothers lurking in the corner muttering with envy. Left to men, weddings would be, after limits-testing procrastination, spontaneous, almost inadvertent... during halftime... on the way to the refrigerator. And then there’s the frequency of failure: statistics tell us half of you will get divorced. A winning percentage like that’ll get you last place in the American League East. The Baltimore Orioles do better than weddings.)