A profound expansion of David McCullough, Jr.’s popular commencement speech - a call to arms against a prevailing, narrow, conception of success viewed by millions on YouTube - You Are Not Special is a love letter to students and parents as well as a guide to a truly fulfilling, happy life.
Children today, says David McCullough - high school English teacher, father of four, and son and namesake of the famous historian - are being encouraged to sacrifice passionate engagement with life for specious notions of success. The intense pressure to excel discourages kids from taking chances, failing, and learning empathy and self-confidence from those failures.
In You Are Not Special, McCullough elaborates on his now-famous speech exploring how, for what purpose, and for whose sake, we’re raising our kids. With wry, affectionate humor, McCullough takes on hovering parents, ineffectual schools, professional college prep, electronic distractions, club sports, and generally the manifestations, and the applications and consequences of privilege. By acknowledging that the world is indifferent to them, McCullough takes pressure off of students to be extraordinary achievers and instead exhorts them to roll up their sleeves and do something useful with their advantages.
©2014 David McCullough, Jr. (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
David bares the soul of a teacher called to tell it like it is. I was held in rapt attention experiencing the book like a play, sitcom, and documentary all rolled into one. Every teacher could benefit from reading this book. I feel like the author is a friend of mine after reading the book. Since I love introducing friends to friends, I heartily recommend this book to my Amazon friends.
Should be required reading for all junior and senior high kids and their parents. And let me add the Apple didn't fall from from the tree. I hope dad is very proud.
a bit long-winded
might just listen to the last chapter which was the original
or try the youtube video
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