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Are we expecting too much of the next generation – or not enough? Steve Perry weighs in

Are we expecting too much of the next generation, or not enough? That's the premise of New York Times columnist and author Alina Tugend, who argues in an article published over the weekend that being unremarkable isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Tugend writes, "All year, my sons' school newsletters were filled with stories about students winning prizes for university-level scientific research, stellar musical accomplishments and statewide athletic laurels. I wonder if there is any room for the ordinary any more, for the child or teenager – or adult – who enjoys a pickup basketball game but is far from Olympic material, who will be a good citizen but won't set the world on fire."

A few weeks ago, Starting Point reported on a high school graduation speech that went viral, in which English teacher David McCullough Jr. told student's that they're "not special."

So, is it okay to be "ordinary," or should students push harder? Dr. Steve Perry weighs in on the show this morning.

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