50 Rules Kids Won't Learn in School: Real World Antidotes to Feel-Good Education / Edition 1

50 Rules Kids Won't Learn in School: Real World Antidotes to Feel-Good Education / Edition 1

by Charles J. Sykes
ISBN-10:
031236038X
ISBN-13:
9780312360382
Pub. Date:
08/21/2007
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
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50 Rules Kids Won't Learn in School: Real World Antidotes to Feel-Good Education / Edition 1

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312360382
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/21/2007
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 576,699
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

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