kim sent me this... what we really should be teaching!

Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this! 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 the real world.

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 $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.

So, thanks Kimmy!!! I think I'm going to make Rule #4 a motto in my class next year. Post it on the door
or something. hahaha. ok. i won't - but wouldn't that be great?!?!


100 Percent Cottam said...

love it! #7 especially!

Jori said...

Amen! The mans a billionaire for a reason.

Heather said...

Those are great Hayley!!

Jan said...

I love this. He knows what life's all about.

Emily J. said...

So true, so true.

MiaKatia said...

I am particularly fond of number 11 :)

tara said...

post it post it POST IT ON YOUR DOOR. Can't second graders get sarcasm?

Melissa said...

Man those are so dead on!!! I can't believe a school or schools are getting away with eliminating failing grades...that is absurd!!

Schagel Family said...

I think it is scary how true those are and it is just getting worse. Thank you for the post. It gives us something to think about when we are dealling with our own kids or just kids around us.

Holly said...

this list didn't come from bill gates, see http://www.snopes.com/language/document/liferule.asp