‘You’re NOT special’? That’s what David McCullough, a straight-talking teacher at Wellesley High School in Boston, told his students during their graduation. In a rant targeting modern American parenting, McCullough reminded the ‘pampered’ seniors that they are just another person on a planet with a population of 6.8billion – and therefore utterly insignificant.
Mr McCullough told the graduates that a whopping 3.2 million seniors were in the process of graduating from more than 37,000 high schools across the US. ‘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 6.8 billion that means there are nearly 7,000 people just like you.’
The experienced English teacher attacked what he says is an ‘epidemic’ inAmericaof loving rewards more than genuine achievements. ‘If everyone gets a trophy, trophies become meaningless.” Mr McCullough concluded the graduation tear down with some 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.’ www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2156075/English-teacher-David-McCullough-Jr-rants-students-graduation-address.html#ixzz1xUN6ye2A
Read the entire graduation speech: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?&articleid=1061137286&format=&page=1&listingType=Loc
VERSE: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” Psalm 150
QUOTE: “A person who loves his job, will never work a day in his life.”
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