A nice list of things Bill Gates didn’t say

First off, let me say that if anyone is checking this blog, your next fortune cookie should read  “you are tenacious and loyal, and dear to the heart of some pathetic blogger.”   So if you are reading this, I thank you humbly.

It appears that my inner blogger has fallen and cannot get up.  To make matters more complicated, just after she fell, a big stack of those fat Norton Anthologies of  Modern American and English Literature fell smack on top of her.  Then came the Westminster Confession with study guide, followed by  the beginning of another school year.   And then somebody thought it was “A Place to Dump Stuff” so several  decorating projects and a two large-ish family trips got tossed on the pile.  I don’t know if the blogger is still breathing under all that stuff.

But I do remember blogging.  It was fun.  I’m wondering if I casually tossed on a post here, maybe the whiff of bloggy air will revive the blogger in me.  One can hope…….

Meanwhile, I keep receiving, via e-mail,  this one piece of bulkified spamification which is a  list of eleven things our kids will not learn in school, but should learn SOMEPLACE , and is relentlessly  attributed to Bill Gates, though he did not in fact make the list.

And it’s a pretty fine list, so I am going to slap it on here for everyone’s general edification.

A Great List of Rules Which Our Kids will Not be Taught in School, and Which were Not Written by Bill Gates

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 and video games are 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.

I think he looks more like a Canadian than an American.  Anybody out there to agree or disagree?

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