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Originally posted by aaaiii
I agree with what this teacher said. it's important for kids to understand that the world is a cruel place and that it won't treat them special as their parents have.
he's brave for doing so.
Originally posted by pravdaseeker
Dear ATS Readers, Writers,
I LOVE this news story... after having been to several graduation gatherings over the years...I find it refreshing and just what most of these pampered people need to hear.
I was seeing it EVERY year, the speeches, that ONLY inflated the students micro -world of peers and self important people... those who strive to be so popular, and get the coolest "green" or Politically correct "title" as a student.
They do not realize that 6 weeks after graduation, MANY who were supposedly their best friend will act like they never knew them..etc. Then they MOVE ON to the newest form of total garbage competition... "SO..WHICH university are YOU attending... I AM attending "X"....!
Like one isnt worth speaking to unless they are in your "league", or attending a higher cost college..
Yet we are inundated with honor roll students who can NOT tell time on a analog clock, let alone FIGURE IT OUT!! Cuz they had everyone figuring it out for them all their life.. NO CHALLENGES..
Students who head off to college without a CLUE on budgeting money, etc.. they just KNOW they are the greatest gift to mankind since Christ, walked the Earth...lol.. and their poop dont stink... EVER.
Yes, you've been pampered, cosseted, doted upon, helmeted, bubble-wrapped," McCullough said in his speech. “Yes, capable adults with other things to do have held you, kissed you, fed you, wiped your mouth, wiped your bottom, trained you, taught you, tutored you, coached you, listened to you, counseled you, encouraged you, consoled you and encouraged you again. You've been nudged, cajoled, wheedled and implored. You've been feted and fawned over and called sweetie pie. ... But do not get the idea you're anything special. Because you're not."
What you have are young adults with a huge over inflated sense of self importance, who dont know ANY real skills for the real world in general. Kids whose world is DESTROYED because so and so "UNFRIENDED" them at Facebook...(Hey it happened to my buddies daughter, just this week..lol)
In general, kids are quite caccooned through life.. over protective parents and the nanny state have created some pretty lame graduates...They can spout the greenhouse propaganda to the letter, but dont have a clue to check over their car for a road trip so they have a safe journey, or change a tire, GOD FORBID, thats what TRIPLE A is for, right?
And when I get a job it BETTER BE something other than flipping burgers, cuz I am better than that!
A lot "think" they deserve a 80k/yr job right off the bat! No serving time in the learning and working world..
This is JUST a generalization, but over the years I have seen more and more of these frikkin airheads graduate, and are dumber than a box of rocks with the smart ones picked out! lol.
Kids need survival skills taught to them.. world survival skills... in the working world... times are going to get brutal for emerging young adults to try and make a go of life, and be successful..
Granted, that is if there is a world for them to grow old in... as we hurtle towards another global conflict..
NO WONDER THEY ARE MESSED UP... look what "we" gave them?
Kudos to this speaker to the students!! We need more of them.
Originally posted by The Sword
reply to post by pravdaseeker
I wonder if you're bitter or something because I've never seen such venomous words directed at high school students.
And who does that teacher think he is to denigrate the academic efforts of these students?
These students MUST learn on their own. Sink or swim. Telling them this # upfront will not faze them. Ask anyone who survived their 20s how it felt to turn 30. For me? It was liberating and still is.
Originally posted by biggmoneyme
ah i bet she feels special for making that speech though
You are not special. You are not exceptional.
Contrary to what your u9 soccer trophy suggests, your glowing seventh grade report card, despite every assurance of a certain corpulent purple dinosaur, that nice Mister Rogers and your batty Aunt Sylvia, no matter how often your maternal caped crusader has swooped in to save you… you’re nothing special.
Yes, you’ve been pampered, cosseted, doted upon, helmeted, bubble-wrapped. Yes, capable adults with other things to do have held you, kissed you, fed you, wiped your mouth, wiped your bottom, trained you, taught you, tutored you, coached you, listened to you, counseled you, encouraged you, consoled you and encouraged you again. You’ve been nudged, cajoled, wheedled and implored. You’ve been feted and fawned over and called sweetie pie. Yes, you have. And, certainly, we’ve been to your games, your plays, your recitals, your science fairs. Absolutely, smiles ignite when you walk into a room, and hundreds gasp with delight at your every tweet. ...
But do not get the idea you’re anything special. Because you’re not.....The empirical evidence is everywhere, numbers even an English teacher can’t ignore. Newton, Natick, Nee… I am allowed to say Needham, yes? …that has to be two thousand high school graduates right there, give or take, and that’s just the neighborhood Ns. 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… ...
... You see, if everyone is special, then no one is. If everyone gets a trophy, trophies become meaningless. In our unspoken but not so subtle Darwinian competition with one another–which springs, I think, from our fear of our own insignificance, a subset of our dread of mortality — we have of late, we Americans, to our detriment, come to love accolades more than genuine achievement. ...
... Exercise free will and creative, independent thought not for the satisfactions they will bring you, but for the good they will do others, the rest of the 6.8 billion–and those who will follow them. And then you too will discover the great and curious truth of the human experience is that selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself. The sweetest joys of life, then, come only with the recognition that you’re not special.
Because everyone is.
Congratulations. Good luck. Make for yourselves, please, for your sake and for ours, extraordinary lives.
Originally posted by NightShift
The teacher is right.
And he should resign.
I wake up day after day and see adults act just as bad as teenagers in terms of being self absorbed, and am imperfect in this manner myself. The teacher did nothing but gratify himself by taking a moment away from those kids.
When you graduate you know the system. School is more about learning social mechanisms, realities and expectations than anything else, and I am sure we all can remember a few of our teachers bitterly lording over us about the upcoming realities of adult life.
Those people should not teach. They should be building up against the coming storm, not tearing kids down.
Anyone can tear something down. All the good things people do, and make sacrifices for, are because of a sense of belonging. All of the bad things, thoughtless things, come from a sense of shame and isolation.
Don't you find it the least bit ironic that this adult stood up and took one of the rare moments of pride from all those people, stole it from them, and then had the gall to talk about not being special?