The following has been falsely identified as from Bill Gates' book "Business @ The Speed of Thought" where he supposedly lays out 11 rules that students do not learn in high school or college, but should. It would seem that he argues that our feel-good, politically-correct teachings have created a generation of kids with no concept of reality who are set up for failure in the real world.
It's actually an excerpt from the book "Dumbing Down our Kids" by educator Charles Sykes. It is a list of eleven things you did not learn in school and directed at high school and college grads.
|Life is not fair; get used to it.
|The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will
expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
|You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high
school. You won't be a vice president with a car phone, until you earn both.
|If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
He doesn't have tenure.
|Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents
had a different word for burger flipping, they called it opportunity.
|If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine
about your mistakes, learn from them.
|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 are. So before you save the rain
forest from the parasites of your parents' generation, try "delousing" the
clothes in your own room.
|Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life
has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades; they will test
you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the
slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
|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.
|Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have
to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
|Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.