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susan reynolds (always the optimist grad granny future art educator
RULES FOR KIDS ARE FULLL OF BOOTSTRAP PHILOSOPHY
Dear Ann Landers:
The enclosed article appeared in the bulletin of our church, SS. Peter
Paul Roman Catholic Church on Detriot's West Side. I gave a copy to
my children because I felt it contained an excellent message. Please
on to your readers. - W.R.S.
The straightforward language is sure to appeal to my younger readers.
is with my thanks.
TEN RULES KIDS WON'T LEARN IN SCHOOL
1. Life is not fair. Get used to it. The average teen-ager uses the
"It's not fair" 86 times a day.
2. The real world won't care as much about your self esteem as your
does. This may come as a shock.
3. Sorry, you won't make $40,000 a year right out of high school. And
won't be a vice president or have a car phone, either. You may even
wear a uniform that doesn't have a designer label.
4. If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss.
5. Flipping hamburgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents
different word for burger flipping. They called it opportunity.
6. It's not your parents' fault if you mess up. You're responsible.
the flip side of "It's my life" and "You're not my boss."
7. Before you were born, your parents weren't boring. They got that
paying your bills and listening to you.
8. Life is not divided into semesters. And you don't get summers off.
even spring break. You are expected to show up every day for eight
you don't even get a new life every 10 weeks.
9. Smoking does not make you look cool. Watch an 11-year-old with a
his mouth. That's what you look like to anyone over 20.
10. Your school may be "outcome-based," but life isn't. In some
you're given as many times as you want to get the answer right.
set low enough so everyone can meet them. This, of course, bears not
slightest resemblance to anything in real life - as you will find out.
Good luck. You are going to need it - and the harder you work, the
you will get.