ON-Lion Letter
In his new book 50 Rules Kids Won't Learn in School:  Real-World Antidotes to Feel-Good Education, author and commentator Charles J. Sykes offers life lessons that are not included in most schools' curricula today.  Together, Sykes' rules constitute honest advice about what children will encounter in the "real world" when they grow up and how their parents can best help them prepare for it.

Sykes is a senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute in Thiensville, Wis., which is substantially supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and editor of the Institute's WI:  Wisconsin Interest magazine.  He is also a radio and television talk-show host at Milwaukee's WTMJ.

Elaborating on each of his rules, Sykes' lessons are frank and funny.  They take on the education establishment's "modern bubble-wrap mentality" of, as he puts it, "no losing, nor disappointments, no harsh reality checks."

His Rule 1, for example:  Life is not fair.  Get used to it.

His Rule 14:  Looking like a slut does not empower you.

Rule 15:  Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.  Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping.  They called it "opportunity."

Rule 19:  It's not your parent's fault.  If you screw up, you are responsible.

Rule 21:  You're offended?  So what?  No, really.  So what?

Rule 43:  Don't let the success of others depress you.

And Rule 48:  Tell yourself the story of your life.  Have a point.
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