There are some things that children should be learning in school, but they aren't. Not all of these lessons have to do with academics. Here are some basic rules that may not have found their way into the standard curriculum. Some (perhaps all) of these should be credited to Charles Sykes, author of "Dumbing Down Our Kids."
Rule #1: Life is not fair. Get used to it.
Rule #2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. It will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.
Rule #3: Sorry, you won't make $40,000 a year right out of high school. And you won't be a vice president. You may even have to wear a uniform that doesn't have a Gap label.
Rule #4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait 'till you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure, so he tends to be a bit edgier.
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 paying your bills, cleaning up your room and listening to you tell them how idealistic you are. And by the way, before you save the rain forest from the blood-sucking parasites of your parents' generation try cleaning out your bedroom.
Rule #8: In some schools they have abolished failing grades. They'll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This, of course, bears not the slightest resemblance to anything in real life.
Rule #9: Life is not divided into semesters, and you don't get summers off. They expect you to show up every day. For eight hours. And very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.
Rule #10. Television is not real life. Your life is not a sitcom. Your problems will not all be solved in 30 minutes, minus time for commercials. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop to go to jobs.
Rule #11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.
Rule #12: Enjoy this while you can. Sure, parents are a pain, school's a bother, and life is depressing. But someday you'll realize how wonderful it was to be a kid. Maybe you should start now.
I think there are some good points to be learned by students in the material above. The message I see repeated throughout is "don't expect for life to be easy." Interestingly enough, that's one of the messages that Jesus left with his disciples. Life for a Christian will not always be easy. At times, it will be very difficult. And sometimes it helps just to know that in advance.
"Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy." (1 Peter 4:12-13).
The good thing is, though, that even when life is not easy, God has promised to provide the strength we need to get through it.