Ten Rules Kids Won't Learn In 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 half as much about your self-esteem as your school does. This may come as a shock to you.

3. Sorry, but you won't make $40,000 a year right out of high school. And you won't be a vice-president or have a car phone, either. 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 word for burger-flipping. They called it "opportunity."

6. It's not your parents' fault if you mess up. You're responsible for everything you do. Remember this the next time you say "It's my life" and "You're not my boss."

7. Before you were born, your parents were not boring. They got that way paying your bills and having to listen 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 ten 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 tries as you want to get the answer right. Standards are set low enough so everyone can meet them. This, of course, bears NO resemblance to anything in real life -- as you will soon find out.

Good luck. You are going to need it -- and the harder you work, the luckier you will get.

The above article appeared in Detroit church bulletin. I came across it in a "Dear Ann Landers" column and made a few cosmetic changes. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Jerry Taylor
Technology Integration Teacher
Greece (NY) School District
"Children are the messages that we send to a time when we will not be there."

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