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"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

David Brooks: "Honor Code"

Posted by Billy Faires on July 12, 2012

David Brooks wrote a compelling July 5 column in The New York Times about the struggle of boys in school.

The education system has become culturally cohesive, rewarding and encouraging a certain sort of person: one who is nurturing, collaborative, disciplined, neat, studious, industrious and ambitious. People who don’t fit this cultural ideal respond by disengaging and rebelling.

Far from all, but many of the people who don’t fit in are boys.

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Topics: boys, Featured, learning difficulties, motivation, opportunities, Posts from the Ridge

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

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