Saturday, 30 January 2010

Flakey Lessons

“They don’t teach these things at school, they just lay down the rules which are there for you to break…”

Good point odd man from Mystery Jets! It’s very true. The things I’ve learnt since leaving school that aren’t facts and things you have to learn like times tables or science etc... In fact, I have found that the majority of moral and social lessons taught in school are contradicted.

Here are some examples:

If you work hard, you’ll be clever – Up to a point, I supposed, but really it’s all down to genetics. You do learn this in school, actually, you just don’t realise it until you’re a bit older.

You need to be clever to do well – A very important lesson they don’t teach children is that what really matters is that you’re happy in your job, and you’re good at it. Far too much attention is put on getting a ‘good’ job. Doctor = ‘good job’ = happy?... not if you’re a shit doctor! People say, “Do what you love, and the money will follow.” I think most teachers are too bitter to advocate things like this, but really, all you need is a good amount of determination and mountains of luck.

Bad things happen to bad people – Or, they get incredibly rich.

Nice guys finish last – It’s far more beneficial to be charming than to be intelligent.

It’s good to be clever – …But no one likes a smart-arse.

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