School Rules from Bill Gates ….

by Larry Oxenham, Publisher

So much is written about schools today, about testing, about why students graduate and know so little, about how the US compares to other countries and much more.  And schools have ‘safe zones‘ so students don’t have to listen to anything they disagree with, and students protest for free education, and, well, it was refreshing to read Bill Gates’ thoughts about school and students.

We added the cartoons to bring a little fun but his advice is golden as is.


Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it.

Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will want 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 will not be a vice president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for flipping burgers; they called it OPPORTUNITY.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it is not your parent’s fault; so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born your parents were not 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 were. 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; LIFE HAS NOT! In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they will 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 is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to the jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to the nerds; chances are you will end up working for one.

Bill Gates gets it but our schools don’t … yet ….

Your comments welcome ….

2 comments on “School Rules from Bill Gates ….
  1. Robert Drapeau says:


    Got a few chuckles out of the cartoons, but Bill Gates is right on. While university teaching and most colleges are suffocating under liberal thinking, there is hope. I know a few conservative students at ASU and the UofA who are trying to challenge their professors and fellow students. We must encourage them to continue, but it is an uphill struggle.

    Robert from beautiful Cave Creek, AZ

    • arclarry says:

      The problem is compounded by the insanely politically correct media. It may be ESPN is the most politically correct of all. Gates should
      go on television and tell this because it is a needed message. Thanks.