McCULLOUGH TELLS CO-HOSTS CHARLIE ROSE, GAYLE KING AND ERICA HILL, “I WANTED TO GIVE THEM THE NOTION THAT WITH THEIR PRIVILEGE COMES RESPONSIBILITY”
David McCullough Jr., Wellesley High School English teacher in Wellesley, Mass., discussed his controversial “You’re not special” commencement speech with co-hosts Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill, live today, June 11, 2012, on CBS THIS MORNING on the CBS Television Network (7:00 AM – 9:00 AM).
Below is an excerpt from the interview.
KING: When I first heard the speech, I rewound it a couple times and said to myself, “Did he really just say that?” What was your intention, and were you surprised by the reaction?
McCULLOUGH: I’m floored by the reaction. My intention was a little hyperbolic drollery to get their attention so that they would be paying attention by the end when I told them what I really wanted to say.
ROSE: What did you really want to say?
McCULLOUGH: That selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself. That if the privileged kids, the kids who enjoyed every advantage don’t step up, what chance do we have? Care for the planet. Care for their community. Care for your family… I wanted to give them the notion that with their privilege comes responsibility.
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