You Are Not Special

May 5, 2014

    

  Here are words you may not expect to hear at a commencement speech: "You are 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, coached you, listened to you, counseled you, encouraged you, consoled you, but do not get the idea you're anything special because you're not."

Those words were part of a commencement speech given two years ago by a high school teacher, David McCullough, Jr. His message became an internet sensation. It's received more than 2 million views on YouTube. His speech struck a chord with many who agree that teenagers are harmed by the growing pressure to be exceptional.

Now, the Longtime Wellesley High teacher, father of four, and son of the famous historian has penned a new book titled, You Are Not Special and Other Encouragements.