Things You Don’t Learn In School

A co-worker forwarded this to me this morning.  The person that had sent it to her credited Bill Gates with these words of wisdom.  However, this list is actually from the book Dumbing Down Our Kids by educator Charles Sykes.  Gates does get credit for including this list in a recent speech he gave at a high school, though.

 When someone forwards something like this to me I normally send it directly to my trash can, especially if the content is more than two sentences long.  But in today’s world where kids are forced to digest political correctness, where they aren’t taught how to fail and where schools use teaching methods that don’t prepare kids for their real lives, I thought this list addresses the way things are in a smart, to-the-point way.  Maybe you’ve seen this before.  If so, feel free to refresh yourself.  If not, take a look and see if you agree.

Rule 1:  Life is not fair – get used to it! 

Rule 2:  The world won’t care about your self-esteem.  The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself. 

Rule 3:  You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school.  You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.  (This also goes for the Nobel Peace Prize….unless you’re from Chicago)

Rule 4:  If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. 

Rule 5:  Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.  Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity. 

Rule 6:  If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them. 

Rule 7:  Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now.  They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you think you are.  So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room. 

Rule 8:  Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT.  In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer.  This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life. 

Rule 9:  Life is not divided into semesters.  You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF.  Do that on your own time. 

Rule 10:  Television is NOT real life.  In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs. 

Rule 11:  Be nice to nerds.  Chances are you’ll end up working for one. 

Sykes notes more things of relevance in his book.  You should check it out.  Melody has a nice write-up on her blog.  I’ve already told you why kids suck anyway!

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