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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

News Beyond the Ridge: Thanksgiving Edition

Posted by Billy Faires on November 21, 2011

A Thanksgiving week collection of recent interesting articles about education, parenting and schools.

How About Better Parents?
(Thomas Friedman, New York Times, November 19)
There’s no question that a great teacher can make a huge difference in a student’s achievement, and we need to recruit, train and reward more such teachers. But here’s what some new studies are also showing: We need better parents.

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Topics: Technology, news, parents, Posts from the Ridge

My Christmas Story

Posted by Kenny Sholl on December 20, 2010

Men of McCallie,

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Topics: christmas, exams, A Word to the Wise, First Person, memories, parents, Upper School Life


Posted by Faculty Contributor on November 22, 2010

Dear McCallie Parents,

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Topics: Campus Life, First Person, mom, parents, responsibility, Posts from the Ridge, the Ridge

Investing Well

Posted by Robert W on November 09, 2010

By Mary McCandless

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Topics: boarding school, First Person, mccallie, mothers, parents, Posts from the Ridge, The Parent POV

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