David McCullough's 'You Are Not Special’ Commencement speech transcript


You are not special. You are not exceptional.

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English teacher David McCullough Jr. delivered a witty and thought-provoking speech ‘You Are Not Special’ to the 2012 graduating students at Wellesley High School. You Are (Not) Special is a love letter to students and parents as well as a guide to a truly fulfilling, happy life.

You are not Special Book

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.