Bill Gates reportedly gave a speech in a school about things that aren’t taught, and how ‘feel good’ and overboard ‘non-offending’ teachings have created a generation of children with no concept of reality, which then sets them up for failure in the real world ahead! These rules hit the nail on the head for many of us parents:
THESE RULES SHOULD BE
IN ALL SCHOOLS
AND WORK PLACES!
Rule 1 Life is not fair – so 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 £50,000 a year right out of school. You won’t be a business director with a posh company car until you have earned both.
Rule 4 If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5 Frying beef-burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for frying burgers – 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 forests from the parasites of your parents’ generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8 Your school may have done away with winners & losers, but life has NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades, and they 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 terms. You don’t get summers off, and not many employers are interested in helping you ‘find YOURSELF’! Do that in 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
IF YOU CAN READ THIS, THANK A TEACHER. IF YOU AGREE, PASS IT ON.
[It would be nice if our children could get the message – but in our selfish, materialistic modern society that is a bit of a forlorn hope!]