May 11, 2009

A Dose Of Reality

These two posts have nothing to do with cartooning, art, or drawing, but the subjects are so relevant to today's times, I'm putting them onto the blog. I encourage you to read them. Consider this a small dose of reality.

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, recently gave a speech at a high school about eleven 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. Here they are...

Eleven Things They Don't Teach In School

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 $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both of these things.

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.

The Story Of Stuff is a cheerful but brutal assessment about how much Americans waste, an animated twenty minute film that teachers across the country, and in other parts of the world, have embraced. Created by Annie Leonard, an unapologetic environmental activist and former Greenpeace employee, it tells the story about how Americans' buying habits support the destruction of the environment and the pollution of the air, land and water. The film has sparked classroom discussions around the nation, and has opened the eyes of students who before now never thought much about what impact their habits had on the world. This is a must see video. Click on the cartoon above to take you to the website, or click on THIS LINK.

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