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You Are Not Special By David McCullough, Jr

You Are Not Special by David McCullough, Jr.

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The intense pressure to excel discourages kids from taking chances, failing, and learning empathy and self-confidence from those failures. The author 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.

You Are Not Special Summary

You Are Not Special: and other encouragements by David McCullough, Jr.

An inspirational reflection on the way we bring up children that will resonate with all parents. David McCullough, Jr's high-school graduation address, dubbed You Are Not Special when it went viral on YouTube, was a tonic for parents, students, and educators alike. Now he expands on that speech with wit and a perspective earned from raising four children and teaching high-school students for nearly 30 years. In this humorous and insightful book, McCullough takes a hard look at helicopter parents, questionable educational goals, professional university coaching, electronic distractions, and more - and advocates for a life of passionate engagement.

You Are Not Special Reviews

'The author tackles big issues ... with searching sincerity, open-heartedness, and a deft, light touch.' Kirkus starred review 'McCullough scores an A+ with this volume for teens and parents. Rich in literary references and poetic in cadence, the author ... offers plenty of hilarious and pointed comments on teens and today's society.' Publishers Weekly starred review 'Every once in a long while, a voice seems to come out of nowhere, and you wonder how you ever managed without [it]. David McCullough, Jr. has that startling, insightful, wry, reassuring, helpful voice, and You Are Not Special may be the wisest 'parenting' book I've read in decades.' -- MADELINE LEVINE, author of The Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well

About David McCullough, Jr.

David McCullough Jr taught for sixteen years at Punahou School in Honolulu, and has been teaching at Wellesley High School near Boston since 2002. He lives with his wife and four children in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

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You Are Not Special: and other encouragements by David McCullough, Jr.
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