Dumbing Down Our Kids

Charles Sykes is the author of Dumbing Down Our Kids.  He volunteered for high school and college graduates a list of things they did not learn in school.  In his book, he talks about how the liberal, feel good, politically correct philosophy has created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and set them up for failure in the real world.

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 thousand dollars 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 screw 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 by paying your bills, cleaning your room, and listening to you tell how idealistic you are.  So before you save the rain forest from the bloodsucking 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,  of  course,  bears  not   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.

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