David McCullough Jr. is currently making headlines for a commencement address he delivered at Wellesley (Mass.) High School, where he works as an English teacher.
Entitled “You’re Not Special,” McCullough wisely urges his students to break free from the false sense of achievement that today’s “everybody gets a trophy!” culture has fostered. He believes that the class of 2012 should instead pursue fulfillment on a path created by a quest for personal excellence.
It’s a nice speech and exactly the type of paradigm-challenging work you’d expect from the son of famous historian David McCullough Sr….