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Thursday, January 25, 2007


Great Lines!

I know this has been posted on another blog before, but I thought no one would mind reading this again.

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they 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 set them up for failure in thereal world.

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

Rule 2:The world won't care about your self
-esteem. The worldwill 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.

it's really very true.
i wish someone had told me that in high school. not that i would have listened but just hearing it would have been good.
so true
gotta wonder though...I mean, I never made any assumptions like that in high school. are most teenagers really that dumb?
Miri-- I believe they wouldn't think about it that way, but it would underlie their actions and/or emotions.

However, I don't think that telling it to them like that is going to do much. We need to teach and prepare kids for real life all along, for example by giving them responsibilities in school (according to their level of ability/maturity to deal with them, of course) and holding them truly accountable for it. Not only will it teach them to take charge of their actions, they will feel good about it. They will develop a sense of control and posession of their own life, even within the limits of youth.
Terrific list and ohhhh so true..Kids today are in the "instant Gradification" generation and they think they should have everything NOW. They really don't understand the value of work...Good post.
couldnt agree more!
Sarah-You make a good point, if we had known we wouldn’t have taken it seriously anyway.
Yet perhaps in our subconscious something would talk to us to be mature.

Mata-Truer words were never spoken (almost never)

Miri-Thanks for visiting.
It’s hard to imagine how unrealistic some teenagers (and some older people for that matter) can be.
A hard shakeup is sometimes the best approach.

Knaidel-I agree, kids don’t get enough responsibility.
Learning endless books by heart does not prepare anyone for life.

Lucy-Thanks, it was my first thought to.
I’ve seen kids yell at their parents for the new Nintendo, new Ipod etc..
It’s scary how much kids expect to get.

TOWIK-It very Pragmatic thinking:)
I haven't seen it before they are great even the ones I have heard bear hearing again:).
Today's generation isn't being taught a damn thing. Occasionally you go into a chat room, for example, and you see teens in there. I've never seen such terrible spelling in my life. You look at how a lot of parents today are letting their children walk all over them and "grow at ther own pace" because some quack told them they have ADD. Oh and ADD is the most overly diagnosed mental disability in the USA. A few years ago they had like 70% of american children pumped up on ritilan.(sp?)
I think, in my personal oppinion, that society as a whole has just slipped into a place where we don't really want it to be. When your first grader can't read yet because Mommy and Daddy are too busy or not patient enough to come sit down and read with their child, it's pretty sad. Go Bill Gates!

OK...lol I'm sorry for the rant, I just had my morning coffee.
Makes me think...will I end up working for a nerd?
Uhh I like this one. It nails it right down!!! I'll save for my kid when he's a teen...but that will take another 10 years ;-)
Wow this is great!! I love the first one LIFE IS NOT FAIR GET USED TO IT!! The earlier we learn it the better
Couldn't read them since the font is tinyyyyyyyy. Anyone else have this problem?
It's all good-I had that too, a refresh of the browser solvedit for me.
HOH-It's nice to see you're still around.
Thanks for visiting.
hilarious and so true
Definitely worth reading again- and again, and again! Those rules are right on!
Hey Praggie,
1. hard to read - you may want to check the coding on your post. Probably when you copied and pasted there was embedded tagging which you can simply delete.

2. All true, all true. But I don't miss summer vacation any less.
wow so true..
i wish someone had taught me all that when i was a kid..
i wouldnt say that i thought those things, but looking back i definitely made my life choices based on those fallacies..
better late than never!
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