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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    This sounds like the first speech I received in boot camp from. The Drill Sargent was more succinct, "your momma may love you and think you are wonderful but we don't". I liked his speech, I do not know what effect it had other than some entertaining shock value. No matter what he or anyone says at a commencement the world is going to make adults out of most of these people. Life happens and growing from it follows, hopefully.

    It seems that every generation is viewed as soft by the previous generations. Maybe that is the way it is supposed to because the previous generation is supposed to prepare the next for life; as Ronald Reagan said, "Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation".

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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by Connery View Post
    This sounds like the first speech I received in boot camp from. The Drill Sargent was more succinct, "your momma may love you and think you are wonderful but we don't". I liked his speech, I do not know what effect it had other than some entertaining shock value. No matter what he or anyone says at a commencement the world is going to make adults out of most of these people. Life happens and growing from it follows, hopefully.

    It seems that every generation is viewed as soft by the previous generations. Maybe that is the way it is supposed to because the previous generation is supposed to prepare the next for life; as Ronald Reagan said, "Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation".
    I like your comment here. The Reagan quote is true, you always hope your next generation goes farther.

    Do believe there is a natural tendency to want your children to have it better than you. I know I probably have spoiled my kids some as my own childhood was laden with a couple tradegies and want them to have better.

    The one thing I disagree with this thread is the typical generalization of a segment of the population. Unless you have met and talked with every youth I think it is narrow minded to think all can be considered leeches. I have seen even members of The Greatest Generation who were some of the most self absorbed , selfish people you could imagine but they are a minority.

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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    IMO, the folks that lived through the Great Depression and fought in WWII didn't have anyone tell them they were "special" and yet they were the toughest and greatest.

    These kids will do okay.

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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    If my generation's ****ed, the blame is squarely on the shoulders of the previous generation.
    So follow me into the desert
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    Where the moon is glued to a picture of heaven
    And all the little pigs have God

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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    If my generation's ****ed, the blame is squarely on the shoulders of the previous generation.
    That's another thing with kids - no personal responsibility at all.

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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Well, I'm special, Dammit.


    and I have needs!
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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    If my generation's ****ed, the blame is squarely on the shoulders of the previous generation.
    Whew!

    Looks like mine is off the hook.
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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    I taught my first graders this when we had our first homework game where they could win a prize from the treasure box. A team of 4 kids won and they all chose a toy from the treasure box. There were probably 3 other (losing teams) kids who said, "Miss ****. Can we have one too?" with puppy dog eyes. We then had a great discussion about winning and losing. We talked about being a gracious winner and not a sore loser. If everyone got a prize, why even have a competition to be the best?


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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    That's another thing with kids - no personal responsibility at all.
    Well, to be fair, most CHILDREN are not that responsible for where they are in life. LOL

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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    That's another thing with kids - no personal responsibility at all.
    Because no-one taught us to be. Our parents would obligingly fix any mistakes we made.
    So follow me into the desert
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    Where the moon is glued to a picture of heaven
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