You Are Not Special

You Are Not Special


David McCullough, Jr.'s high school commencement address of 2012, dubbed "You Are Not Special," was a tonic for children, parents, and educators alike. With wit and a perspective earned from raising four children and teaching high school students for nearly thirty years, McCullough expands on his speech—taking a hard look at hovering parents, questionable educational goals, professional college prep, electronic distractions, and club sports—and advocates for a life of passionate engagement.

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  • 001 You Are Not Special title
    Duration: 10s
  • 002 Forward
    Duration: 32min
  • 003 Chapter 1 Mums and Dads
    Duration: 53min
  • 004 Chapter 2 Know Thy Self
    Duration: 46min
  • 005 Chapter 3 The Theory and Practice of School
    Duration: 56min
  • 006 Chapter 4 Look at Your Fish
    Duration: 44min
  • 007 Chapter 5 The Old College Try
    Duration: 46min
  • 008 Chapter 6 Rah, Rah
    Duration: 47min
  • 009 Chapter 7 Do We Not Bleed
    Duration: 30min
  • 010 Chapter 8 Getting and Spending
    Duration: 28min
  • 011 Chapter 9 The Same Boat
    Duration: 45min
  • 012 Chapter 10 So Live
    Duration: 29min
  • 013 Afterword
    Duration: 15min
  • 014 You Are Not Special credit
    Duration: 30s
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    Duration: 01min