There are many things that come across my desk/e-mail each day. Most are quickly glanced over and a lot of the e-mails quickly deleted. Today I received an e-mail that summarized a recent speech that Bill Gates gave at a high school. In the speech he summarized 11 rules that students won’t learn in school, but probably should.
Rule 2 : The world doesn’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.
Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping:
They called it opportunity.
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.
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.
You don’t get summers off and very few employers
are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF.
*Do that on your own time.
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’m not sure if Mr. Gates actually spoke these rules, but there is some wisdom in some of these that could benefit your students.