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Old 03-11-2011, 11:02 AM
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As a career school administrator I love public education. But like everything else, it has it's flaws. I remember telling kids some of these things, but it takes someone smarter to put it all together...

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about
eleven (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 doesn'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..
Old 03-11-2011, 11:36 AM
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"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."

--Mark Twain
Old 03-11-2011, 09:06 PM
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This is not from Bill Gates . . . there were 14 rules and they are from Charles Sykes in his book "Dumbing Down Our Kids"

So much that is found on the internet is incorrect and this certainly is one of those attributed to the wrong person. Most internet versions claim Gates said this at Mt. Whitney High in California and he never spoke at that school.
Old 03-11-2011, 10:43 PM
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I don't care who said it---I wish it would be said more often!
Thanks to whoever does and did.
Old 03-11-2011, 10:56 PM
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Originally Posted by ilovetv View Post
"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."

--Mark Twain

Reference please -

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Never let your schooling interfere with your education.

Variants: Don't let your son's/boy's schooling interfere too much with his education. I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

Not directly traceable to Twain; first attributed to him in early 1900s in latter form, as in Outing: sport, adventure, travel, fiction, Volume 50, 1907, ed. Caspar Whitney, Albert Britt.

Both great quotes (but it should matter who originally said it -- I know I wouldn't like it if something I said was attributed to another, especially if that other person is famous and there is no way I will ever get the proper recognition for my comment/speech).
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