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This Is What We Need To Teach

Is it fair to say that today’s youth are a reflection of their parents and societal influences? If this is true, we need to stop complaining about Generation Y and do something about it.

Floating around the interwebs are valuable pieces of wisdom. Ok, maybe not everything, but if I agree with it, it must be wise and true (ha!) Urban legend attributes Bill Gates for sharing these 11 pearls of wisdom, however, the real credit goes to educator Charles Sykes (because Snopes says so!)


No matter who said it, these 11 points should be shared and not just with our children. We, as parents, need to embrace and live by these rules as well! Are you? (And, let me add, it is a crying shame these kids don’t come with instruction manuals and that parents aren’t required to take psychology or parenting classes!)

Rules Kids Won’t Learn In School

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 are. 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.


Similar wisdom still flies around.

words for teenagers

The world does not owe any of us anything. It is up to each of us to make a difference. What are you waiting for?

Which rule do you think is most important?  Leave a comment and let’s have some discussion!

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  • Lorriext7wgaal9 February 12, 2013, 9:06 am

    @HigherEdJobs http://t.co/S6UIYW5T

  • sgro97 February 12, 2013, 9:08 am

    Great advice! Although I would reshape some of messages to be less sarcastic. Talk with, not at. @HigherEdJobs @careersherpa #inclusiveness

  • nkjvcjs February 12, 2013, 9:56 am

    @HigherEdJobs @careersherpa Educational change needs to take place. My favorite song form the year I graduated http://t.co/tw81GfRn

  • _GaryWinters_ February 12, 2013, 12:27 pm

    @careersherpa Good post. I’d argue, though, that while flipping burgers might not be beneath one’s dignity, most can’t survive on it.

    • careersherpa February 12, 2013, 3:12 pm

      @_garywinters_ You mean people can’t live on min. wage? [BLS data http://t.co/ug9kFIQL ]

      • _GaryWinters_ February 12, 2013, 4:38 pm

        @careersherpa You could “live” on minimum wage, I suppose, with a lot of scrimping and budgeting.

  • IanMcCubbin February 16, 2013, 3:42 am

    @pdiscoveryuk harsh but true Christina