An English teacher from Wellesley High School in Massachusetts caused some controversy over his humbling speech to the graduating class that knocked students down a peg or two.
In his speech, David McCullough Jr. told graduating seniors, “You are not special. You are not exceptional,” and now his advice has caught the attention around the country.
“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.”
In an age where many believe today’s youth experience a sense of self-importance, do you think McCullough’s advice is a reality check for students about to transition into the real world, or were his words too harsh? You can watch his whole speech here.