I received this last week and thought I should share with you.
To anyone with kids here's my advise. Bill Gates gave a speech to high
school students about 11 things they would not learn in school. He talked
about feel-good, politically-correct teachings having created a generation
of kids with no concept of reality and how this sets them up for failure in
the real world. Love him or hate him here is what he had to say:
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 youe feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000.00 a year right out of high school. You
won't be vice president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait til 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 parents' generation, try
delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life
NOT. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they'll give
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 agree, pass it on.
If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you are reading it in English, thank a soldier. :victory: