An inspirational reflection on the way we bring up children that will resonate with all parents.
David McCullough, Jr’s high-school graduation address, dubbed You Are Not Special when it went viral on YouTube, was a tonic for parents, students, and educators alike. Now he expands on that speech with wit and a perspective earned from raising four children and teaching high-school students for nearly 30 years.
In this humorous and insightful book, McCullough takes a hard look at helicopter parents, questionable educational goals, professional university coaching, electronic distractions, and more — and advocates for a life of passionate engagement.
‘McCullough scores an A+ with this volume for teens and parents. Rich in literary references and poetic in cadence, the author … offers plenty of hilarious and pointed comments on teens and today’s society.’
Publishers Weekly starred review
‘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 The Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well