Friday, September 10, 2010

11 Rules Your Kids will Not Learn in School by Charles Sykes

Apparently this did not come from Bill Gates but from Charles Sykes in an article, Dumbing Down Our Kids

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

Rule 2: The world doesn'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.

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 thought you were. 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.


  1. Outstanding! No wonder Bill Gates is where he's at today.

  2. AMEN! My only disagreement is with rule number eight. Outcome based education allows a student to take a test as many times as it takes to pass it. My experience in the Christian pilgrimage is very similar. God will allow me to take a test as many times as it takes me to pass it. Of course, it could be I'm the only one.

  3. nice words there for life,can u get us teh whole speech?
    tony from GHANA.

  4. A 150 years or so ago Samuel Smiles wrote about the importance of determination, perservance, making use of all the opportunities we have to learn new skills. Nothing much has changed we still need to have sufficient focus on what we are supposed to be doing in life in order to overcome all obstacles. Smiles talked about inventors engineers and such like having to learn to read and do arithmetic without going to school as well as picking up the skills they needed to succeed in their chosen profession. We have had it easy in comparison and we still complain!

    We have to recognise that we are capable of achieving and then take responsiblity for our own lives to make sure that we do achieve.


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