Social media sites have been buzzing this week about a Boston-area high school teacher’s blunt commencement speech that told students they “are not special.” Teacher David McCullough told graduates that our culture has come to love accolades more than genuine achievement. He pushed them to recognize real achievement. He defined real achievement as a “fulfilling life, the distinctive life, the relevant life is an achievement. To do whatever you do for no reason other than you love it and believe in its importance.” That part of his speech sounds good, but I think the ‘you’re not special‘ part could have been omitted! Watch the video here…..
Our beautiful daughter Alexa graduated this year, and here she is with her diploma after her commencement ceremony this past Saturday! I completely disagree with that teacher in Boston’s statement too. I think ALL people are SPECIAL in their own way! And a kids high school graduation is a super special achievement in itself! Not all kids persevere and graduate, and they have to work hard to walk that stage and receive their diploma! I sure am glad that my daughter Alexa’s s graduation speaker from South Lyon High School this past Saturday was NOTHING like this teacher!
What do you think about the high school teacher telling the kids they are not special during a commencement speech?