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You're Not Special: Great Commencement Speech by David McCullough Jr.
June 11, 2012


RUSH: We're nearing the end, ladies and gentlemen, of commencement address season.  You're nodding your head like you know where I'm going.  There was the most amazing commencement address in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Have you heard about this?  Yep.  It is.  This is June the 1st.  The tape has just leaked.  Now, we've had in this country for the last, what is it, 30 years in elementary school, secondary school, high school, middle school, junior high school, whatever the hell they call the stuff now, self-esteem has been one of the primary things that's been taught.  "You're wonderful, little Johnny.  You're special, little Susie.  You are unique, little Zeke.  You're wonderful."  It has been this way, as I say, for 30 years.  And so a teacher at Wellesley high school at the commencement, an English teacher, David McCullough Jr., delivered the faculty address.  We have four sound bites.  Here's the first one.

You Are Not Special Commencement Speech from Wellesley High School

MCCULLOUGH:  Each of you is dressed, you'll notice, exactly the same.  And your diploma, but for your name, exactly the same.  All of this is as it should be because none of you is special.  You're not special.  You're not exceptional.  Contrary to what your U-9 soccer trophy suggests, your glowing seventh grade report card, despite every assurance of a certain corpulent purple dinosaur, that nice Mr. Rogers and your batty Aunt Sylvia, no matter how often your maternal caped crusader has swooped in to save you, you are nothing special.

RUSH:  Oh, my God.  Oh, no.  This is not ever heard.  You are not supposed to insult the children.  You are not supposed to damage the children.  You are not supposed to harm the children.  You are not supposed to hurt the children.  You are not supposed to attack the children.  You are not supposed to criticize the children.  Everything we do is for the children.  And you're not supposed to criticize them.  You're not supposed to hurt their feelings.  You're not supposed to harm them.  And this guy has just gone out and told these little high school kids, "Hey, you're nothing, you're nobody.  You're not special."

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