11 things kids aren’t learning in school

My good friend Dan sent this to me today and I had to laugh. Most of you know how much I cant stand the “everyone gets a trophy/award” and sensitivity bullshit that parents pull these days. I found this email to be fitting. I’ve been busy working on new material so I apologize for the lack of ramblings. We may be recording tonight if things go well.
I really don’t care if Gates did say this or not, I agree with it.


Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this! To anyone with kids of any age, here’s some advice.

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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5 Responses to 11 things kids aren’t learning in school

  1. sals says:


  2. Clarke says:

    While that doesn’t sound a thing like what Bill Gates might say, I agree with every word of it. Whoever said it, Amen to you brother. Our society is raising a bunch of spoon-fed spoiled brats who (if things don’t change dramatically) won’t have any values whatsoever when they’re our age.

  3. Clarke says:

    OK, so reading that back to myself I sound like my mother back when I was 15 and pissing her off.

  4. Father Spoon says:

    SALS! Holy shit dude how’ve you been!

    Clarke, I was thinking the same thing to myself when I read it.

  5. Sultana says:

    Just an fyi, it wasn’t Gates who said those things:


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