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

    "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."

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    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?

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

    “You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake, you are the same organic decaying matter as everything else” - Tyler Durden.

    Would have been hilarious if he asked them to punch the person to their left as hard as they can

    I like the theme, I think people and parents all around the world have similar conversations with their kids, friends, co-workers. He gets points for doing it in public to an entire class.
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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Well that goes right back to the ail that plagues society; viewing children as a mere inconvenience and nothing worth all the time and energy it takes to have and raise them. . . just a nuisance - nothing more . . . worthless and wasted.

    Seh made it sound like all these kids had life handed ot them on a golden platter - as if we'er all the 1% with silver spoons and golden rattles.

    People don't have to believe they're unique; but at least they can be treated better than trash, yes?
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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Well that goes right back to the ail that plagues society; viewing children as a mere inconvenience and nothing worth all the time and energy it takes to have and raise them. . . just a nuisance - nothing more . . . worthless and wasted.

    Seh made it sound like all these kids had life handed ot them on a golden platter - as if we'er all the 1% with silver spoons and golden rattles.

    People don't have to believe they're unique; but at least they can be treated better than trash, yes?
    It's funny because a big chunk of us in the US are literally one-percenters relative to the global population.
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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Well that goes right back to the ail that plagues society; viewing children as a mere inconvenience and nothing worth all the time and energy it takes to have and raise them. . . just a nuisance - nothing more . . . worthless and wasted.

    Seh made it sound like all these kids had life handed ot them on a golden platter - as if we'er all the 1% with silver spoons and golden rattles.

    People don't have to believe they're unique; but at least they can be treated better than trash, yes?
    Those children just became adults. If they don't get off their butts and become productive, contributing members of society, they will literally be worthless, wasted nuisances.

    Also, your children are a nuisance to me. They compete with my children for resources. That's called "life."
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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Yep kiddies. Welcome to the real world.
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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Well my outlook on life is - if you haven't been booted in the a** at least 4 times before you check out . . . . . you haven't lived well.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Billy the Kid View Post
    Well my outlook on life is - if you haven't been booted in the a** at least 4 times before you check out . . . . . you haven't lived well.
    No doubt. The school of hard knocks is the best there is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    No doubt. The school of hard knocks is the best there is.

    I've been on both sides of "winning and losing". And I've lost my butt more than once. I admit I like winning a lot more, but the losing part taught me that fact.

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

    I agree that we are teaching children to think that they can never fail. It's a dreadful thing. Teachers had to stop using red pens to mark up papers because the kids felt bad. When tell someone that they're better than they really are, you get a person with no sense of realism. They will not be able to tell success from failure. Kids need to be taught a realistic view. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes you screw up and pay dearly for it. A person needs to know to expect all of those things, and how to deal with them, not just to blindly think that they're winning all the time.
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