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Charles J SYKes Rules for Life

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 $40,000 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. He doesn't have tenure.

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 are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents' 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; 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.

Dumbing down our kids : Why America's children feel good about themselves but can't read, write, or add.

by Charles J. Sykes

Index Author sykes charles j
Title Dumbing down our kids:why America's children feel good about themselves but can't read, write, or add
Author Charles J. Sykes
LCCN 95-031522
Subject Education, Secondary -- United States -- Evaluation
Year 1995
Published in New York State
With index yes
Publisher New York :St. Martin's Press,1995.
Physical x, 341 p. ;24 cm.
ISBN 0312134746

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