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You Are Not Special

And Other Encouragements
McCullough, David (Book - 2014 )
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Elaborating on his famous commencement speech, the author takes the pressure off of students to be extraordinary achievers and encourages them to do something useful with their advantages.

HARPERCOLL

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.



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Elaborating on his famous commencement speech, the author, a high school English teacher, father of four and son and namesake of the famous historian, takes the pressure off of students to be extraordinary achievers and encourages them to do something useful with their advantages. 100,000 first printing.

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 illustration ; 19 cm
ISBN: 006225734X
9780062257345
Branch Call Number: 649.1 MCCUL
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Jun 10, 2014
  • DanniOcean rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

You Are Not Special: 2012 Commencement Speech

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