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Posted on Mon, Jun 16, 2008 15:03

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.


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Posted on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 11:34

To be honest, having it made into a chain email and attributed to Bill Gates probably sold more copies of the book than it would have on it's own! ************************ Do you know Charles J. Sykes? He's the guy who wrote in the mid-1990s a set of rules that began with "Life isn't fair, get used to it." Then for the next several years he watched it travel the length and breadth of the Internet ? with Microsoft zillionaire Bill Gates getting credit for writing it. "It wasn't fair that Gates got the credit, but I learned to deal with that," Sykes said with a laugh. "But if he wants to send me some money, that would be fair." Sykes, 53, is a Milwaukee radio and television announcer who recently released his fifth book, "50 Rules Kids Won't Learn In School." He said the "Life isn't fair" list started out as 11 rules, for his 1995 book "Dumbing Down Our Kids." It quickly grew to 14 rules and began riding the Web. For this latest book, he decided to augment the original rules and direct the message to teenagers.


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Posted on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 11:15

Mr. Gates has certainly earned the right to say these truths. Very interesting.

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People may not remember what you say or do, but they will remember how you made them feel.

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Posted on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 03:23

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Posted on Tue, Jun 17, 2008 01:37

BillZeke: Whoever said it, it sure is great advice for kids and adults.

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Posted on Mon, Jun 16, 2008 23:33

some of this is not exactly true and I know it personally. IT IS MORE than possible to get a job that pays $ 60,000 right out of high school. Commerical PLumbing through the Unions pays that well, and you get FREE tutition for the five years it takes to get through the apprenticeship program. Hourly base pay in my jurisidiction is $ 98,000 a year at the journyman level. Full benefits are on top of that figure at the rate of $ 22 AN HOUR. Plenty of kids in my area are making $ 25- $40 a hour while IN High School doing computer consulting. That stuff about becoming a wage slave without summers off is a load of crap. ANYONE who wants to structure their life for that certainly CAN. HOW many of us on this site work when we want to and dont when we dont want to ? I agree that our schools are in horrid shape. ALl that nonsense about ": no child left behind" is one of the very worst ideas that ever came along. Good intentions, of course. BUT people DO ALL have differing levels of intelligence and motivation and ability, ITS STUPID to pretend otherwise. My own daughter had been in honors classes in her old school before she moved to be with me. Her new school didnt offer them. GUess what happened ? She was bored out of her mind and failed every single class.She told me it was all stuff she learned back in the 8th grade. SHe is abrillant poet who was first published at the age of twelve. She is taking the exam next week to get out of HS more than a year early has has testedinto some advanced classes in JC. We are NOT doing our children any good by making things so easy for them. WORK is GOOD for them. My kid has been working for me since she was 14 1/2. A few weeks ago I put her in charge of another worker and making sure a small segment was completed. SHe DID a damn good job. She was proud and happy about the accomplishment SHE EARNED.


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Posted on Mon, Jun 16, 2008 15:53

They are great points no matter who said them! Another good book that was recommended to me was "Dumbing Us Down" - The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto, a New York schoolteacher. Another is "Why You're DUMB, SICK & BROKE and How to Get SMART, HEALTHY & RICH" by Randy Gage. Both challenge many beliefs we've grown up with.


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Posted on Mon, Jun 16, 2008 15:31

LOL. That's funny. Do you think Gates plagerized that or he just quoted the guy?????


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Posted on Mon, Jun 16, 2008 15:12

Wise words, but not from Bill. He is just the boss in #11. :o) It's an excerpt from the book "Dumbing Down our Kids" by educator Charles Sykes.


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