RANT: Where NOT get life lessons

http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/10-life-lessons-learned-in-grade-school

10 Life Lessons Learned in Grade School
July 21st, 2010 by BestOnlineColleges.net

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Grade school was an impressionable time for everyone. It’s when we became immersed into a mini-society, learning valuable life lessons that have remained through adulthood. If you think about it, many comparisons can be made between life in grade school and life in the real world. For example, back then, we had to learn to coexist with our peers – for better or for worse. And for many, it has proven to be a never-ending learning process; though you’re hopefully better at it now than you were as an 8-year-old. Here are a few life lessons we learned during that fun yet trying time, when the world was fresh and we were a bit more resilient.

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I have to think about this one. But I’m sure that school was not good for me personally. I carry “scars” to this day that I’ve never gotten over.

OK, I thought it over.

  1. Don’t stand out from the crowd. (I later learned the psuedo-Chinese expression “The tallest nail gets hammered”.)
  2. Learn the rules of the game. (The stated rules of life are NOT the real rules of life.)
  3. Having the “right answer” quickly is of little value later in life. (You’re a pushy know it all.)  
  4. Your supposed friends will use you and you won’t even know it until it’s too late.
  5. Life can’t be learned from books no matter what your parent, relatives, or teachers tell you.
  6. Teachers are usually “wrong”, but won’t admit it, and may not even know it.
  7. School is poor preparation for life. It’s an artificial world that distorts your world view.
  8. There’s no substitute for TWO good loving parents; it can’t be substituted for or mailed in.
  9. You’re so dumb! (You don’t know what you don’t know. And, you don’t know how many “paths” you’re shutting off without even realizing it.)  
  10. You have to develop physical courage to stand up to bullies — no matter what costume they wear. (“They may torture my body, break my bones, even kill me, then they will have my dead body. NOT MY OBEDIENCE!” — from the movie Gandhi (1982) spoke by Ben Kingsley )

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