The internet has been abuzz following the Wellesley High School graduation speech given by English teacher David McCullough, Jr., the main premise of which is to tell graduates, “you are not special.”
McCullough talks about the fact that across the country this June there are 37,000 valedictorians, 37,000 class presidents, and multiples of that in numbers of jocks and performing arts stars. He highlights the fact that students graduating today grew up getting trophies for participation, not achievement. ”If everyone gets a trophy , don’t they become meaningless?” he asks.
Check out the speech (it is well worth your 12minutes, McCullough has a great sense of humor and the speech is quite funny as well as on-target) and let us know in the comments what you think!