You Are Not Special Unabridged Cd: ...and Other Encouragements by David Mccullough Jr.You Are Not Special Unabridged Cd: ...and Other Encouragements by David Mccullough Jr.

You Are Not Special Unabridged Cd: ...and Other Encouragements

byDavid Mccullough Jr.

Audio Book (CD) | April 4, 2014

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High school English teacher and son of historian David McCullough, David McCullough Jr.'s book is a call to arms for both parents and children based on his wildly popular commencement speech, "You Are Not Special,"-which has received 1,847,691 views on YouTube-illustrating the idea that life is a great adventure to swallow whole rather than a checklist to complete

In June of 2012, English teacher, father, and son of the historian David McCullough, gave a commencement speech, called "You are Not Special" which took the world by storm. From Berlin to Beijing, Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere went crazy. The video, which he did not know was being shot, went viral, garnering at the time of this writing, 1,846,691. His e-mail in-box exploded. His voicemail overflowed. Print reporters, radio people, television people, scrambled to interview him. Buckets of fan mail began arriving. Strangers stop to praise and thank him. Rabbis, priests and ministers borrow from and sermonize about his speech. His message, it seems, hit a nerve.

The speech arose from a growing concern-based on twenty years of observation in his classroom, around school, across the culture, and in his own household of four children-that high school kids are too often sacrificing for-its-own-sake engagement in the moment for specious notions of success down the road, and, thanks to years of adult indulgence, micro-management and too-easily-won laurels, suffering an ever-more inflated sense of themselves. As a result their ambitions, assumptions, and expectations-and those of their parents-their notions of the world and where and how they intend to fit in, are off-kilter and need to be addressed.

In a book both personal and objective, from the point of view of a teacher and a father, McCullough elaborates on his now-famous speech exploring how, and for what purpose, and for whose sake, we're raising our kids. This will be one man's observations of and thoughts about a teenage landscape that includes hovering, intruding parents, ineffectual schools, preparing-and positioning-for college, electronic distractions, club sports, the manifestations, applications and consequences of privilege, the theory and function and outcomes of education. The book will be both engaging and useful, in particular to parents, with whom he intends to commiserate and share some informed insights into the lives and evolution of today's children.

DAVID McCULLOUGH JR. started teaching English in 1986 and has appeared on and/or done interviews for Fox 25 News; CNN; NBC Nightly News; CBS This Morning; NPR’s “All Things Considered;” ABC News (print, on-line); the Boston Herald; The Boston Globe; The Wellesley Townsman; Montreal radio; Vancouver radio; Madison, WI radio; TIME Magazi...
Title:You Are Not Special Unabridged Cd: ...and Other EncouragementsFormat:Audio Book (CD)Dimensions:5.7 × 5.2 × 0.75 inPublished:April 4, 2014Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062338285

ISBN - 13:9780062338280

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for You Are Not Special:

"Every once in a long while, a voice seems to come out of nowhere, and you wonder how you ever managed without [it]. David McCullough, Jr. has that startling, insightful, wry, reassuring, helpful voice and You Are Not Special may be the wisest 'parenting' book I've read in decades." - Madeline Levine, author of author of The Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well