50 Rules Kids Won't Learn in School: Real-World Antidotes to Feel-Good Education

Charles J. Sykes
Charles J. Sykes offers fifty life lessons not included in the self-esteem-laden, reality-light curriculum of most schools. Here are truths about what kids will encounter in the world post-schooling, and ideas for how parents can reclaim lost ground---not with pep talks and touchy-feely negotiations, but with honesty and respect. Sykes’s rules are frank, funny, and tough minded, including: #1  Life is not fair. Get used to it. #7  If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure, so he tends to be a bit edgier. When you screw up, he’s not going to ask you how you FEEL about it. #15  Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping. They called it “opportunity.”#42  Change the oil. #43  Don’t let the success of others depress you.#48  Tell yourself the story of your life. Have a point. Each rule is explored with wise, pithy examples that parents, grandparents, and teachers can use to help children help themselves succeed---in school and out of it. A few rules kids won’t learn in school:#9  Your school may have done away with winners and losers. Life hasn’t.#14  Looking like a slut does not empower you.#29  Learn to deal with hypocrisy.#32  Television is not real life.#38  Look people in the eye when you meet them.#47  You are not perfect, and you don’t have to be.#50  Enjoy this while you can.

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