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Building Something Bigger

Posted by Faculty Contributor on August 16, 2013

By Sumner McCallie

An amazing thing happened this past year on McCallie's Habitat house build site. On the first Saturday in December, about twenty McCallie guys gathered at 8:45 a.m. in a neighborhood about five minutes from campus to construct the floor system for a new house. The woman whose house this would become stood with her 16-year-old son, hammers in hand, ready to go; she had worked hard for a long time for this dream to come true.

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Topics: Campus Life, college, community service, Featured, goals, Habitat for Humanity, Posts from the Ridge, ShowMe, spotlight, Upper School Life

"Quit Telling Us We're Not Special"

Posted by Billy Faires on July 16, 2012

One of the more interesting internet sensations of the summer has been the commencement speech by English teacher David McCullough, "You're Not Special." (watch the YouTube video or read the transcript.)

Perhaps just as compelling although not quite as viral was the reply his speech generated from a Millennial blogger. Titled "Quit Telling Us We're Not Special," it's not quite as well put-together, but it does an impressive job of offering the other side of the story, the perspective of the struggling and frustrated young adult.

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Topics: why boys fail, Featured, goals, opportunities, parents, Posts from the Ridge

Twentysomethings: "STUCK"

Posted by Billy Faires on October 20, 2011

"we had a PC education—people tried to hide from us as long as possible that not everyone is equal
we were told we all have a fair chance of making it
that’s just not so
and we’re starting to realize that"

A piece this week in New York Magazine entitled "The Kids Are Actually Sort of Alright" is eye-opening and depressing, and the author was interviewed yesterday on "Morning Joe." (Warning: The author is a 20-something in New York writing about 20-somethings; ergo, her article contains numerous expletives.)

Forty-five percent of young adults (ages 16-29) are currently unemployed, the highest percentage since World War II, according to the article. If you are a current college student, consider your roommate. Statistically speaking, one of you won't have a job -- possibly for years -- after you graduate, but you'll likely have plenty of debt.

This is the environment into which this current generation of students must trudge, and there is a lot of (understandable) hand-wringing about the parent/educator part in it.

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Topics: decisions, economy, college, education, goals, Posts from the Ridge, spotlight

Holding the Key

Posted by Kenny Sholl on August 23, 2010

Men of McCallie,

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Topics: A Word to the Wise, First Person, goals, mccallie, opportunities, start of school, summer, Upper School Life

Summertime Thoughts

Posted by Kenny Sholl on June 20, 2010

Men of McCallie,

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Topics: A Word to the Wise, First Person, goals, summer reading, the Ridge, Upper School Life

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