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This was sent to me by a friend. Given the discussion of polictical correctness I though it belonged.

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!

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.

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 were. 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.

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Truer words were ever spoken Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Very true. Not sure that it was Bill Gates who gave that speech though. I'd hear various times it is said to be a speech given by various people. Good speech though.

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I like it! Thumbs up

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I couldn't tell you how many young folks I've had to hammer or put out of the service because they didn't hear that speech. I cringe every time I hear one say he misbehaves because his boss doesn't give him respect. Buddy, you have to earn respect -- we don't owe it to you just 'cause you convert oxygen to CO2.

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Expatriate wrote,

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Buddy, you have to earn respect -- we don't owe it to you just 'cause you convert oxygen to CO2.

Umm...Yup. Thumbs up

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And I do see that this is one of our biggest problems with society today, especially among the younger crowd. The words "Earn It" have become almost bad cuss words anymore. I mean you say that today and everyone thinks your a jerk or too stern. But maybe once todays youth grows up and finally moves out of mommy and daddy's house at the age of 37 they'll get a clue about life.

I just see it differently even though I'm Gen-X. But my case is a bit different. Not too many Generation-X people today can claim to have a dad who served in WWII and a mom who came of age during the late 1940's and early 1950's. I grew up under a whole different set of rules than other kids did, that coupled with the fact both my public and private school system was run by people from my parents generation as well. So those structured rules and values were all around me. I couldn't escape it if I tried. Brick Wall,) I won't claim that the older generation was the greatest, but I will give credit where it's due. That generation knew what it was to work hard and earn their way in life regardless of challenges they faced.

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Another part of the problem is we're dealing with a generation that has been completely insulated from failure. They've been raised playing sports on teams that don't keep score, had papers graded in green ink to avoid the "stigma" of red, etc -- all in the interests of protecting their feelings and self esteem. The result of all this overprotection is that kids don't learn how to cope with failure. They never feel the agony of defeat and therefore have absolutely no concept of it. They think there's always a catcher's mitt under them.

The ironic thing is that the same effort that protects kids from red and white ribbons also protects them from blue ribbons. Kids that never feel the agony of defeat don't feel the thrill of victory, either. They see such things as self-serving and obtained by bullying others. So what you wind up with is a generation that is only interested in doing the minimum in anything.

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There is no better way to build self esteem than by learning how do continually do something for yourself. Knowing that even though you may fail sometimes or run into bad luck, you have still mastered the ability to make your own way in life. That's what seperates some people from others.

Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he'll never go hungry. Just as true today as it has always been throught the history of man. Some things in life just never change, no matter how advanced or almighty we may think we've become.

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I suppose there is hope for this younger generation afterall, we'll just have to wait and see how it turnes out. Maybe technology will compensate for many of their short comings.

I was reading a bit on the various generation groups in the US and was surprised to read of what was being said about my mothers generation and wife's grandparents generation at that time. They called them the "Silent Generation". I was also surprised to learn that by some studies my father misses being included into the "Greatest Generation" by 1 year, other studies place him as the very last and tail end of the "Greatest Generation". Read what they say http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Generation

After you read it just imagine what you have alway thought about the generation that came of age during the post-war years. I surely always believed them to be a good generation with a solid foundation, at least most of the ones I know are. Of course the generations before mine alway thought my generation was a lost cause. Think I think were turning out pretty good. Yes

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If you look back at our history, you can see that the moral demise of our society started back in the 60's with the liberal hippies. That's when the majority started to appease everyone else through political correctness. This, in turn has stifled our thought process. Their music was great, but their ideology was way off.

Oh yeah....my parents. I love them dearly, but we really don't see eye to eye when it comes to politics.

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