Friday, June 8, 2012

You are not special! Teacher tells students like it is.

Finally someone said what needed to be said. The students will come to appreciate this later in life. He wants them to achieve greatness, but you can't achieve greatness if you think you're great already. So goes the entitlement mentality in our society.


"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." 

 Driving the point home, he added, "Think about this: even if you're one in a million, on a planet of 6.8 billion that means there are nearly 7,000 people just like you." 

 The teacher warned students that Americans have come to appreciate accolades more than genuine achievement, and will compromise standards in order to secure a higher spot on the social totem pole. 

 "As a consequence, we cheapen worthy endeavors, and building a Guatemalan medical clinic becomes more about the application to Bowdoin than the well-being of the Guatemalans," he said. In the quest for accomplishment, everything gets watered down. A 'B' is the new 'C.' Midlevel courses are the new advanced placement, the teacher said.


The Conservative Lady said...

Has he been fired yet?

Pumice said...

Rarely do I watch one of these all the way through but this was good. I noticed that he did not get a standing ovation. I would have been willing to start one.

Having just gone through a middle school promotion ceremony, I am very sensitive about the foolishness that happens at these things. I watched a young lady who barely squeaked through my class at the last minute get an award for hard work and scholarship. I watched a long list of "special's." I longed for the kind of honesty this guy had.

I too, wonder if he still has a job.

Grace and peace.