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Not special

July 5, 2012 • Editorial

Word has reached us that someone said the unthinkable: “You are not special.”

Those are the words made famous last month by a straight-talking English teacher during a commencement speech for graduates of Wellesley High School in Massachusetts.

We believe the speaker wants students to pursue worthy endeavors, rather than live in unearned celebration of self.

“Yes, you’ve been pampered, cosseted, doted upon, helmeted, bubble-wrapped,” said David McCullough Jr., the son of Pulitzer prize-winning historian David McCullough. “Yes, capable adults with other things to do have held Login to read more

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