11 Things Kids Will Not Learn in School.

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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.

RULE 3 You May Have to Work for This Guy.
You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice president with car phone, until you earn both.

If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. 

Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping:  they called it OPPORTUNITY.


If you mess 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 from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the 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 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.

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.

The rules are taken from the book "Dumbing Down our Kids" by educator Charles Sykes. It is a list of eleven things you did not learn in school and directed at high school and college grads.

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8 Responses to “11 Things Kids Will Not Learn in School.”

  1. Natalie Schwartz
    on Oct 22nd, 2009
    @ 8:15 am

    These are great. Thanks for posting them. What about rules for parents to encourage them to stop coddling their kids and start letting them learn to face the consequences of their actions.

  2. Olwyn Hughes
    on Oct 22nd, 2009
    @ 11:40 am

    I just printed this out to give to my teenager AND ordered the book from my library! Thanks.

  3. David Waters
    on Oct 22nd, 2009
    @ 3:54 pm

    Great timeless advice, but you can tell it is a bit dated. Nowadays kids are just as likely to have a car phone (mobile) as any vice president.

  4. Angie
    on Oct 26th, 2009
    @ 7:27 am

    Rule #3: We had a student who graduated high school and went straight to work for Dell Computers because of the computer experiences and certifications he earned in high school. If they’re dedicated enough, students could possibly earn $40,000 right out of school. But very few have that kind of dedication.

  5. Reece
    on Nov 16th, 2009
    @ 10:12 am

    Nothing fails like success. Keep up the good work.

  6. Chris L.
    on Mar 10th, 2010
    @ 11:54 pm

    Terrific blog! I’ll probably be referencing some of this information in my next assignment.

  7. Childrens Hats
    on Oct 6th, 2010
    @ 6:41 am

    This is my favourite one “You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice president with car phone, until you earn both.” How true, I see it all the time when kids right out of university apply for a job at my company and they think they can earn what I can and also do my job!!! Come on!!

  8. Billy
    on Jun 19th, 2011
    @ 1:49 am

    Yay! publish this everywhere! tell children this every day so that you grind them down into the under achieving drains on society that YOU clearly know they are already. Have you heard of the Pygmalion effect? As if our kids needed any more reason to be pessimistic and apathetic about their future.

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