Ten Rules Kids Won't Learn at School

  1. Life is not fair. Get used to it. The average teenager uses the phrase "It's not fair" 86 times a day.
  2. The real world won't care as much about your self-esteem as you school does. This may come as a shock.
  3. Sorry, you won't make $60,000 a year as soon as you get out of high school. And you won't be a vice president. You may even have to wear a uniform that doesn't have a designer label.
  4. If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss.
  5. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different work for burger flipping. They called it "opportunity".
  6. It's not your parents' fault if you mess up. You're responsible. This is the mirror image of "It's my life" and "You're not my boss".
  7. Before you were born, your parents weren't boring. They got that way by paying bills and listening to you.
  8. Life is not divided into semesters. And you don't get summers off. Not even spring break. You are expected to show up every day for eight hours, and you don't get a new life every 10 weeks.
  9. Smoking does not make you look cool. Watch an 11 year old with a butt in his mouth. That's what you look like to anyone over 20.
  10. Your school may be "outcome-based," but life isn't. In some schools, you're given as many chances to get it right. Standards are set so low, nearly everyone can meet them. This, of course, bears not the slightest resemblance to anything in real life - as you will soon find out.

Good luck. You're going to need it. And the harder you work, the luckier you will get.

Saturday, May 03, 2008, 10:44 PM

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