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10 Life Rules [supposedly from Bill Gates]

August 5th, 2010

I have no idea if Mr. Gates actually said these things but the thoughts are good.

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 10 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 doesn’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.

  1. Cathy
    August 6th, 2010 at 13:37 | #1

    so, basically, the public education system that takes 75% of our town’s taxes are doing it all wrong. I agree. kids need to be in class according to ability. take a first grade class. no teacher can teach a group of first graders where there are kids who don’t know the alphabet in with kids who are reading at a 5th grade level. and anyone who thinks unions or the government are looking out for you is sadly mistaken. we don’t need a teachers’ union. and in our town, the public high school’s principal’s kids go to private school. what does that tell you???

  2. Daniel
    August 7th, 2010 at 02:03 | #2

    I’m a high school teacher and I loved that finally someone is realizing that all this none sense. My school is so out of contol because of all this politically correct B.S. no kids can fail , and the bevavior is out of unbelievable.

  3. August 11th, 2010 at 15:26 | #3

    In the US, we spend more on health-care per capita and are less healthy. We spend more on education per child and are falling behind on the world stage. I empathize with teachers who want do everything they can to develop their students to compete internationally but the rules don’t permit them too. So “no child can fail” will set us to fail in the world.

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