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Old 06-08-2012, 12:42 PM   #1
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Thought this was pretty interesting:

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Wellesley High English teacher David McCullough Jr. told graduates "You are not special. You are not exceptional," quoting empirical evidence:

"Across the country no fewer than 3.2 million seniors are graduating about now from more than 37,000 high schools. That's 37,000 valedictorians ... 37,000 class presidents ... 92,000 harmonizing altos ... 340,000 swaggering jocks ... 2,185,967 pairs of Uggs," he said in the speech published in the Boston Herald.

He added: "Even if you're one in a million, on a planet of 6.8 billion that means there are nearly 7,000 people just like you."

McCullough makes a statement on parents who overdo it in a modern society focused on collecting achievements. "You've been pampered, cosseted, doted upon, helmeted, bubble wrapped ... feted and fawned over and called sweetie pie." But he adds in a video on Wellesley Channel TV YouTube page. "You see, if everyone is special, then no one is. If everyone gets a trophy, trophies become meaningless. ... We have of late, we Americans, to our detriment, come to love accolades more than genuine achievement."

McCullough's address does push students to recognize real achievement: "The fulfilling life, the distinctive life, the relevant life is an achievement," and he encourages graduates "to do whatever you do for no reason other than you love it and believe in its importance."
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:12 PM   #2
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I wish someone would've said this at our high school - the race for Valedictorian and Salutatorian (a battle I was involved in, and lost in part due to grade rigging) became excruciatingly brutal and probably destroyed our entire high school's chemistry. Even our principal was egging on the rivalries created.
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Old 06-08-2012, 05:54 PM   #3
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Good little anecdote and very interesting.

Reminded me of this from TED 2006, great speech by Sir Ken Robinson about education and creativity. It's an excellent speech. You can watch it here (or read the transcript) but watch it if you can haha.

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http://blog.ted.com/2006/06/27/sir_ken_robinso/

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Old 06-08-2012, 07:54 PM   #4
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Apparently he has never met any CrossFitters. We are all elite. And I am pretty sure that elite implies special.

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We are elite arent we?


I mean, I have been forging for 5 years.
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:55 PM   #5
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I wish someone would've said this at our high school - the race for Valedictorian and Salutatorian (a battle I was involved in, and lost in part due to grade rigging) became excruciatingly brutal and probably destroyed our entire high school's chemistry. Even our principal was egging on the rivalries created.
And the thing is... even if you get the best grades, are the best athlete, and are the best everything else at your high school ... it's high school. If you're the biggest fish in your pond, that just means you need to find a bigger pond.

Half of every class at Harvard graduates in the bottom 50%.

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Old 06-08-2012, 11:07 PM   #6
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Apparently he has never met any CrossFitters.
Or read any of their blogs.
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Old 06-09-2012, 03:08 AM   #7
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Well it's nice, but here in Spain, you are *****ed if you are not competitive in your grades or have some sort of working experience.
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Old 06-09-2012, 04:10 AM   #8
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"Your Children Aren't Special" ~ Bill Hicks. (not wfs)
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Old 06-09-2012, 04:50 PM   #9
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Apparently he has never met any CrossFitters. We are all elite. And I am pretty sure that elite implies special.

Right?


We are elite arent we?


I mean, I have been forging for 5 years.
I bet you can outlift the fastest marathoners and outrun the strongest powerlifters. If that ain't elite, I don't know what is.
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:40 PM   #10
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Apparently he has never met any CrossFitters. We are all elite. And I am pretty sure that elite implies special.

Right?


We are elite arent we?


I mean, I have been forging for 5 years.
Elite status requires one to be 94.237% Paleo.

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I bet you can outlift the fastest marathoners and outrun the strongest powerlifters. If that ain't elite, I don't know what is.
But can he throw a softball?
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