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

    Quote Originally Posted by poweRob View Post
    Really? That's how you view "life"? Wow...

    I'll remember that when you are driving on a road someone else's child built for your child. I hardly subscribe to the theory that life is a non-stop competition therefore tearing down your neighbor is preferred to helping your neighbor.
    Tearing down your neighbor is what the OWS protesters are doing, or insisting that others pay for your lifestyle. These are the people who think they are 'special'.

    Helping your neighbor should be voluntary, not mandated by the government. That only serves to divide society, as we are all witnessing.

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

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    Because no-one taught us to be. Our parents would obligingly fix any mistakes we made.
    Thank God, my parents were unaware of most of the mistakes I made.
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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Thank God, my parents were unaware of most of the mistakes I made.
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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    Tearing down your neighbor is what the OWS protesters are doing, or insisting that others pay for your lifestyle. These are the people who think they are 'special'.

    Helping your neighbor should be voluntary, not mandated by the government. That only serves to divide society, as we are all witnessing.
    Why must you always make invalid comparisons by bringing up talking points about some group no one has mentioned. You do this in nearly every thread. OWS is irrelevant and has nothing to do with anything mentioned. It's like watching someone at a party irritate everyone by dropping names of famous people as if they are tight friends with them all when everyone knows they are a fraud.

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    Also, your children are a nuisance to me. They compete with my children for resources. That's called "life."


    That is tearing down your neighbor mentality. Stick to the topic this time... I hope.
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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Bravo!

    In this "Everybody gets a trophy" and "don't keep score" society we've been racing children in - many of which are now parents themselves - this is refreshing to hear in of all places...Massachusetts.

    I'm sure being the son of David McCullough allowed this teacher the assuredness that he could get away with such a commencement message, but it is refreshing nonetheless. And I have no doubt it shocked a kid or two into reality, and sent their helicopter parents into a tizzy.

    Now, can we get this guy to talk at the Democratic National Convention to tell their entitlement-addicted constituents to grow up to?

    Sounds about right.


    I've always felt contempt and rolled my eyes at these high-school graduation speeches where some blowhard goes on about "you are the future, the world is in your hands" and all this crap that makes the grads feel like the whole world is holding its breath, waiting for a bunch of 18 year-olds to charge out and take control of everything.


    The fact is the world doesn't give a crap about you. 18yo high-school grads are NOT about to go out and take over; they're going to get mostly menial and low-paying entry level jobs (either now or in a few years when they finish college) where the supervisors and managers don't give a flying crap about their drama or what "bold new ideas" some zero-experience wet-behind-the-ears kid has.

    For roughly 99.9999% of humanity, you don't change the world; the world changes you, or crushes you if you won't adapt to it or else get out of the way.

    Those kind of speeches I think raise the expectations of HS grads to unreasonable levels in some cases. One of the problems we get with hiring fresh-out-of-school youngsters is they often think the world is supposed to be handed to them on a platter, RIGHT NOW, in return for just showing up and barely trying.

    It ain't so. You start at the bottom and if you want to even KEEP your job you bust ass every day, even if your paycheck sucks and your boss is a jerk and you hate your job.... because you have to pay those bills. That's reality.

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

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    Why must you always make invalid comparisons by bringing up talking points about some group no one has mentioned.
    Didn't you mention 'tearing down your neighbors"? Is there any better known group in America than OWS who is doing just that???

    You do this in nearly every thread. OWS is irrelevant and has nothing to do with anything mentioned. It's like watching someone at a party irritate everyone by dropping names of famous people as if they are tight friends with them all when everyone knows they are a fraud.
    In fact it would seem to me that OWS and others who don't contribute positively to society are just who this teacher had in mind.

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

    This is the kind of thing that people need to hear. No one likes hearing it, but it's necessary, because it's true.
    If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.

    If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    Oh, I disagree. I expect my first graders to be responsible for their own behavior, bathroom habits, shoe-tying, keeping their desks clean, being kind to others, doing their homework, etc. Those are "meaningful" to children because school is their "job". If they aren't responsible children, then they're going to get into trouble, get bad grades, lose important papers.... Of course children should be taught those things by responsible adults (preferably parents, but in extreme situations - teachers or other adults). I always tell my students that they're in charge of how they act. They need to learn personal responsibility at a young age so they don't grow up to be weenie, selfish and undisciplined.
    Moreover, these tasks and responsibilities are age appropriate. If a child cannot or will not do these things there may be a greater problem that must be addressed. For these early years in school the educator is much more than an instructor, it is through their observation and assessment that a child can be referred for help or testing, if need be, to determine the best course of action in teaching/helping a child master these rudimentary skills. A person cannot progress if they cannot perform those basic skills necessary to meet the day and face other life challenges.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Nature itself makes us all competitors.

    How true. Nature is an equal opportunity employer, you make it or you don't.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Billy the Kid View Post
    How true. Nature is an equal opportunity employer, you make it or you don't.

    I somehow think that liberal/progressives will scoff at this notion that natural selection exists in a world where they believe that the game is rigged by whom you know, rather than what you know.


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