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ELEVEN RULES YOUR KIDS WON'T LEARN IN SCHOOL
Bill Gates was attributed to giving a speech at a high school about 11 things students did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept sets them up for failure in the real world. I'm wondering if the OCCUPY ANYWHERE group of people were part of this politically correct type of teaching. What do you, as parents believe is an important value in your home? School? I'm interested in hearing from people who agree or disagree with the following. So, once you've read this information, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments.
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 or college. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn them.
Rule 4. If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5. Flipping burgers or taking out the trash at home is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for these tasks; 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 you think they are. They may have become "boring to you" because they're paying your bills, cleaning your clothes, cooking your meals, working at a job to make the rent, house payments and car payments. Go ahead, save the rain forest, but clean your own room first.
Rule 8. Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some school districts, failing grades have been abolished and they will give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This policy 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. Make an appointment with Marion Summers and she'll help you with reality therapy.
rule 10. Television and video games are not real life, either. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule ll. Be nice to nerds.....and everyone in your life. The person you trashed in high school or college may end up being your boss in real life.
Two books about kids you might want to take a look at; 50 RULES KIDS WON'T LEARN IN SCHOOL, and DUMBING DOWN OUR KIDS; WHY AMERICAN CHILDREN FEEL GOOD ABOUT THEMSELVES BUT CAN'T READ, WRITE OR ADD....by Charles J. Sykes