Eleven things you don’t learn in school

Charles Sykes is the author of Dumbing Down Our Kids. He provided for high School and college graduates a list of eleven things they did not learn in school. In his book, he talks about how their feel good, politically-correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality, and set them up for failure in the real world. Lay this one on your young ones.

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 $ 40 000 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 are. So, before you save the rainforest 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 and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades; 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.

Nothing in life is free.

Decide what you want in life, and then start the hard work of making it happen.

4 replies
  1. Mindy
    Mindy says:

    How did I miss that? What year was this written?

    The kids think there were no wireless phones when I was young. In all fairness, my dad had a CB radio in his car and that’s how we talked to him.

    I was trying to explain the concept last month and they just stared at me. “Really, it was the size of a shoe box. Imagine speaking into a shoe box.”

  2. Sugared Harpy
    Sugared Harpy says:

    Oh thank you for this!  I teach college students and this year has been THE year of the Whine.  Holy moly.  I’ve never had such issues but now, I’ve actually had two outburts from students in my classroom which is quite new to me!

    Outburst 1:

    I wouldn’t start the test over for someone who was 20 minutes late in a 50 minute class.  The test was in progress during this outburst.

    Outburst 2:

    It was considered highly unfair of me to deny extra credit.  Because she always got extra credit in high school for things like (get this) SHOWING UP most days or (wow!) answering a question in class. 

    I am not a hard ass teacher with crazy strict rules, but sheesh, there are always rules in every class.  It’s on their syllabus the day they start.  This semester has been ODD and from what I’m gathering, I’m not alone. 

    Thanks for posting this!

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