11 Things Kids will not Learn in School

Among the 50 e-mails I get on average per day, the following 11 Things Kids will not Learn in School has not come in yet. This one I got from Facebook.

My mailbox is usually filled with real messages, funnies, spam, such as ads for winkie enlargement, dubious offers to accept an inheritance from Hong Kong businessmen, tips on how to increase my chances in hitting the jackpot at various online casinos, etc. Alas, I am not interested in growing body parts I was born without, and thanks, but, no thanks, I do not want to inherit somebody’s fictional estate. I’ve got enough fiction in my life already, I have children!

However, these 11 rules really appeal to me. I know, they won’t have any effect on my kids. They do not even read my blog, unless I force them by food deprivation or singing German Wanderlieder in their presence.

These rules, though, have been misleadingly attributed to Bill Gates, but were neither written nor spoken by him.

The credit goes to Charles J. Sykes, author of several books. In fact, the present revival of these rules is a somewhat shortened version of an original piece. The full version was printed in the San Diego Union Tribune on September 19, 1996 and has been published in other media since then.

Here they are.

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.

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 and video games are 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.

Sykes is also the author of Dumbing Down Our Kids, 50 Rules Kids Won’t Learn in School, and several other books. More about the mentioned books:
Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good about Themselves But Can’t Read, Write, or Add from Amazon. de
50 Rules Kids Won’t Learn in School: Real-World Antidotes to Feel-Good Education from Amazon.de
Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good About Themselves But Can’t Read, Write, or Add from Amazon.com
50 Rules Kids Won’t Learn in School: Real-World Antidotes to Feel-Good Education from Amazon.com

Surroundings – a new magazine for the Frankfurt area

Surroundings, a new quarterly English-language lifestyle magazine, caters to discerning readers in Frankfurt and its environs.

Surroundings' most recent issue

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The magazine indulges its English-speaking readers with invaluable information and resources on their unique surroundings. The publication not only aims to integrate and expose these readers to the rich cultural and recreational offerings that our area has to offer, but it also engages its readers with enlightening articles, beautiful photography and eye-catching graphics.

Featured articles profile important and influential personalities, explore interesting places and events and aim to de-mystify seasonal and cultural topics.  Other regular features entertain and inform readers with articles on amusing anecdotes of life in the area, neighborhood exposes and local cuisine and recipes. The interests of young English-speaking readers are addressed in an entertaining children’s section.
Surroundings gives its readers the unique opportunity of seeing the Frankfurt area from a native’s point of view and offers new perspectives to all those readers who are interested in further exploring the area they call home.

It is available for sale at various book stores and international press news stand locations throughout the region, e.g., Frankfurt International Airport (Relay/Hub Convenience: Level 0, Area A); Bollinger Bücherwelt im Camp King, Oberursel; The British Bookshop (Frankfurt); Friedberg (Relay); Hanau train station (ImPressed); Mainz train station (Relay) and others.

The Working Poor

While I was in the States in the summer of 2006, my husband’s aunt gave me a copy of The Working Poor by David Shipler. The book’s title immediately caught my eye as I had experienced this: working seven days a week, but cereal for dinner.

The book brought back so many memories about working and trying to live with minimum wages. Twice I had lived in the States and most times I worked three jobs just to pay the bills, but could not afford to see a doctor. I was one of the 45 million people living in the U.S. without health insurance. While I was in the U.S. and working more than full-time hours, there was no way to take a holiday. Minimum wage earners have no paid vacations and bills needed to be paid. But as soon as I moved OUT of the United States, I would make enough money to be able to afford a holiday/family visit in the United States. Sounds unbelievable?

Shipler cites many cases and he researched his topic very carefully. He also interviewed people from all walks of life (Korean immigrants to the U.S., WASPS, African-Americans, etc.) He gives a very true account what life is like for people only earning minimum wages. This should be made mandatory reading in all high schools across the United States and overseas. It would be a real eye-opener to anyone – even to Americans, who live a middle-class life, in their middle-class suburb, separated by districts and private schools from all this poverty.

Seeing abject poverty in an industrialized country is much more shocking than finding the same situation in a Less Economically Developed Country (LEDC).

Another article he wrote is Let’s Manage Our Immigrants

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Kyushu’s Kappas

The book Kyushus Kappas, written in German by Anne Helene Albrecht, is about Kyushu’s most famous mythical creature – the river sprite Kappa. Japan is full of mythical tales and Kyushu seems to be full of Kappas.
The author describes their various origins, skills, personalities, as well as their importance held in Japanese folk tales and customs. Many tales, pictures and historic research by ethnologists make up the book. It is an interesting collection for readers of German with an interest in Japanese culture, ethnology, and lovers of mythical tales.

Newcomers Guide to Hessen, Germany

If you have just moved to Germany or are in the process of doing so, then taking a look at the following might prove useful. This brochure was published as part of an economic promotion campaign on behalf of the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Transportation, Urban and Regional Development. It contains essential information on education, housing, legal issues, entertainment, churches, sports, English-speaking clubs, and more.
To read more on this:
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