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David McCullough jr.

David McCullough jr.

(Boston, 1958) has been teaching adolescents for almost thirty years, first at the Punahou School of Honolulu, in Hawaii, and since 2002 in Wellesley, Massachusetts. The speech he gave at the 2012 graduation ceremony went viral (garnering more than 2 million hits on YouTube) and has become the heart of so many discussions both in the United States and the rest of the world. This past April, McCullough revised it and published it in a book called You Are Not Special: and Other Encouragements. The book encourages adolescents to worry less about material gratification and focus on the present time, to work hard and study simply for the euphoria that comes with learning. McCullough lives in the suburbs around Boston with his wife and four children.

Interpreter: Marina Astrologo.



Kids, You Are Not Special!

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