You Are Not Special... and Other Encouragements

McCullough, David (Book - 2014)
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You Are Not Special... and Other Encouragements

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A profound expansion of David McCullough, Jr.'s popular commencement speech--a call to arms against a prevailing, narrow, conception of success viewed by millions on YouTube--You Are (Not) Special is a love letter to students and parents as well as a guide to a truly fulfilling, happy life. Children today, says David McCullough--high school English teacher, father of four, and son and namesake of the famous historian--are being encouraged to sacrifice passionate engagement with life for specious notions of success. The intense pressure to excel discourages kids from taking chances, failing, and learning empathy and self-confidence from those failures. In You Are (Not) Special, McCullough elaborates on his now-famous speech exploring how, for what purpose, and for whose sake, we're raising our kids. With wry, affectionate humor, McCullough takes on hovering parents, ineffectual schools, professional college prep, electronic distractions, club sports, and generally the manifestations, and the applications and consequences of privilege. By acknowledging that the world is indifferent to them, McCullough takes pressure off of students to be extraordinary achievers and instead exhorts them to roll up their sleeves and do something useful with their advantages.
Authors: McCullough, David
Title: You are not special... and other encouragements
Publisher: New York :, Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: xxxii, 316 pages ;,19 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Local Note: 1 6 7 8 9 15 16 17 18 29 35 53 57 60 76 80 97 118 133 138 148 149 150 151 152 153 167 172 173 175 188 193 198 216 222 231 232 237 242 243 244 245 264 276
ISBN: 006225734X
Statement of Responsibility: David McCullough, Jr
Subject Headings: Success. Conduct of life.
Topical Term: Success.
Conduct of life.
LCCN: 2014014095
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Jun 10, 2014
  • DanniOcean rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

You Are Not Special: 2012 Commencement Speech

given by English teacher David McCullough

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