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Massachusetts Commencement Speech Offers Graduates a Reality Check

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 13, 2012

Over 35,000 high schools in the United States hold commencement ceremonies this time of year.  Most come with a motivational
speech offered by a local or national dignitary.  The Boston Herald reported on a speech that offers a breath of fresh air amongst the smog of politically correct dribble.

At Wellesley High School in Massachusetts one teacher, David McCullough, Jr., told the students that: “The sweetest joys in life, then, come only with the recognition that you’re not special.  Because everyone is.  …. You are not special.  You are not exceptional.  Contrary to what your u9 soccer trophy suggests, your glowing seventh grade report card, despite every assurance of a certain corpulent purple dinosaur, that nice Mister Rogers and your batty Aunt Sylvia, no matter how often your maternal caped crusader has swooped in to save you …   nothing special.”

McCullough went on to further inform the students that contrary to Progressive gibberish, “If everyone is special than no one is.”  He added that our society unfortunately “loves accolades more than achievement” and that we have “cheapened worthy endeavors“.  The YouTube posted video below of McCullough’s presentation has gone viral.  If but one graduating student in the United States acts on this profound message, McCullough may indeed have changed the world.


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