The Students Who Run the World

What do so many politicians (such as Winston Churchill, Prime Minister), entrepenuers (such as Richard Branson, Virgin Airlines), investors (such as Warren Buffett, Stock Market) inventors (such as Steve Jobs, Apple Computers), and businessmen (such as Ron Joyce, Tim Hortons) have in common?  They were all “C” students in school.  None were ever voted by their classmates as “most likely to succeed.” and all received teachers’ comments on  report cards, “if they only tried harder.”  But then –  they get out of  school, something clicks inside, and each became successful.  So much so, that the very same school brings them back to give speeches to pupils sitting in desks they once occupied.  What does all this mean?  It tells us, as researchers are  beginning to learn, that the marks a student gets in school are no guaranteed predictor of how well they’ll do later in life.  An educational consultant, Michael Thompson, writes:

The truth is that many indifferent pupils in school do extremely well after school because the list of skills required to be a success in the classroom do not match the set of skills required to be a success in the world.  So school often becomes a place where former A students teach mostly B students how to work for C students.

The bottom line?  The “C” your child brings home from school does not necessarily represent catastrophe in life.  It could mean just the opposite – CEO, chauffeur, cash, comfort, condo, cabin, Cadillac, caviar, cruises,  etc. 

PASTOR’S PAGE (Addendum)

Bill Gates, one of the  world’s richest men, recently gave a list of ten things schools don’t teach but should:

#10 – Life’s not fair, get used to it.

#9 – The world doesn’t care about your self esteem.  It expects you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.

#8 – You will not make $100,000 a year with an expense account right out of high school.

#7 If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

#6 Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.  Your parents had a different word for it, opportunity.

#5 If you mess up, it’s not your parent’s fault; so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

#4 Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not.  Educators may have abolished failing grades and now let you try as many times as you want to get the right answer.  But remember, this doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to the real world.

#3 Life is not divided into semesters.  Employers don’t get you summers off and very few are interested in helping you find yourself.  Do that on your own time.

#2 Television is not real life.  In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to their jobs.

#1 Be nice to nerds.  Chances are you’ll end up working for one.