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Did Bill Gates write this?

Did Bill Gates write this?

“Bill Gates’ Message on Life

For recent high school and college graduates, here is a list of 11 things they did not learn in school.

In his book, Bill Gates talks about how feel-good, politically-correct teachings created a full generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

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 80 thousand pounds a year straight out of university. 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 are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents’ 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; 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 summer 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.”

Did Bill Gates write this? Well no he didn’t, but it has gone round the web since 2000.

The text is a pared-down version of a piece by an American education reformer Charles J. Sykes, best known as the author of Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good about Themselves, but Can’t Read, Write, or Add.

The extract was originally published in the San Diego Union-Tribune in September 1996. It began making the email rounds under Bill Gates’ name in February 2000, and has continued to do so ever since.

Agree with it? Or not?