50 Rules Kids Won’t Learn in School: Real-World Antidotes to Feel-Good Education , written by Charles Sykes, states that the feeling good, politically correct atmosphere currently created is fostering a generation of kids with no concept of reality and is setting them up for failure.
Bill Gates adapted 11 of these rules that he feels kids did not and will not learn in school:
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 $40,000 dollars a year right out of 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 flipping burgers: they called it opportunity.
If you screw 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 paying your bills, cleaning your room, and listening to you tell them how idealistic you are. So before you save the rain forest from the blood-sucking parasites of your parents generation, try delousing your closet 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’ll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This, of course, bears not 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…