July 11, 2008

SCHOOL IS NOT “REAL LIFE”

Posted in Education, Philosophy, Thoughts tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:55 am by randallbutisingh

THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

SCHOOL IS NOT “REAL LIFE”
 Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this!
A few years ago, Bill Gates 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 company car and expense account 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.

If you can read this.. Thank a Teacher!

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1 Comment »

  1. Patanjali Ramlall said,

    June 13, 2008, I slammed the phrase “politically incorrect,” but I guess it takes a genius like Bill Gates to send the message home.
    Thanks Bill.


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