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

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Macmillan, Aug 21, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 192 pages
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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. Sykesís 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 doesnít have tenure, so he tends to be a bit edgier. When you screw up, heís 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 ďopportunity.Ē
#42† Change the oil.
#43† Donít 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 wonít learn in school:
#9† Your school may have done away with winners and losers. Life hasnít.
#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 donít have to be.
#50† Enjoy this while you can.

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

User Review  - Misha Hamu - Goodreads

This book went past snarky and into just plain meanspirited. The point of it could have been summarized in one sentence- no need for fifty rules. Not to mention the entire premise is flawed. There's a ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Jenny Dombroski - Goodreads

This book was recommended to me by my parents, and at first I was a little skeptical of the amount of sarcasm used by the author. But despite its somewhat cynical comments, I actually found that this ... Read full review


Life is not fair Get used to it
Its not who you are underneath but what
No matter what your daddy says you are not a princess
Humiliation is a part of life Deal with it
Ripping burgers is not beneath your dignity Your grandparents had
Life is not divided into semesters And you dont get summers
Youre offended? So what? No really So what?
Someday you will have to grow up and actually move out of your
Winners have a philosophy of life So do losers
If your butt has its own zip code its not because McDonalds forced you to eat all those Big Macs If you smoke its not Joe Camels fault
You are not immortal
Being connected does not mean you arent clueless
Look people in the eye when you meet them
People in blackandwhite movies were in color in real life And no the world did not begin when you were born
Despite the billiondollar campaign to turn your brain into tapioca pudding try to learn to think clearly and logically
You are not the first and you are not the only one who has gone through what you are going through

you do that defines you
Pi does not care what you think
A moral compass does not come as standard equipment
Your sexual organs were not meant to engage in higherorder thinking or decision making
Somebody may be watching
Learn to deal with hypocrisy
Zero tolerance zero common sense
Naked people look different in real life
Television is not real life
Be nice to nerds You may end up working for them We all could
Change the oil
Dont let the successes of others depress you
Your colleagues are not necessarily your friends and your friends arent your family
Grownups forget how scary it is to be your age Just remember this too will pass
Check on the guinea pig in the basement
You are not perfect and you dont have to be
Tell yourself the story of your life Have a point
Dont forget to say thank you
Enjoy this while you can

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About the author (2007)

Charles J. Sykes is the author of five previous books: A Nation of Victims, Dumbing Down Our Kids, Profscam, The End of Privacy, and The Hollow Men. His columns have appeared in numerous newspapers, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. A radio and television host at WTMJ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, he is married and has three children.

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