Top Ten Most Pointless Rules In School

The Top Ten

1 Uniforms required

Holy crap I feel bad for those kids who go to schools where they have to wear uniforms...
I'm lucky I don't go to a uniform school, because I like to express myself, I like to wear hoodies, jeans, pants, etc. and I DO NOT like to wear skirts (poor girls who have to wear skirts because it's part of their uniform...), also, I only wear dresses when it's a special occasion. School uniforms limit self expression. You can't really express yourself with school uniforms, and in some schools, even if you modify a teeny-tiny bit of your uniform, the teachers will yell at you for not "dressing properly". Oh yeah, also, I heard some schools only limit their students to wearing 3 colors only. That just sucks because I have a LOT of colorful clothes in my closet, and like I said, I like to express myself. I agree, school uniforms are pointless and limit self expression.

We have to wear uniforms at my school and they suck, the girls aren't allowed to wear shorts after 5th grade because it is "distracting" to the boys, we have to wear dress-type pants and we can only wear three colors of school pants: black, navy, or blue. We have to wear full-color polo shirts, but we are not allowed to wear royal blue or red because they are considered "gang colors". we are not allowed to wear hoodies, or sweaters with words of them... we are not allowed to have unnatural hair colors, facial piercings, or showing tattoos. We are also not allowed to wear open-toed shoes. The only exception to our uniform is if a student has a leg injury and cannot wear school pants, or if you are a part of a sport and you are going to practice. We must also wear ID's all day, every day, and if you lost yours or forgot it, you can pay $1 for a temporary paper ID or you can spend $20 on a brand new ID. Side note: (we are not allowed to have our phones out except for lunch, or if the ...more

It's not just that it's uniform. The problem is that it is SUPER expensive (at least at my school), you can only buy it at that one shop and then the school pretends how it is accessible to anyone, even if you're poor. My family's lucky to be well off financially, but I still feel bad when I need to get new uniform because of the price.

I think this rule is dumb. I think it's dumb because I know people have a harder time finding uniforms then regular clothes. Uniforms can also be expensive as hell and it makes it even more difficult when the students can only wear certain colors.

2 No bathroom breaks

Some people actually have bowel problems so if someone's say they have to go to the bathroom, then the teachers should for the most part believe them.

This happend to my friend and she walked out of the class. The substitute called the security guards to get her out the bathroom. I wish she got fired.

This isn't under a catogory so I just chose one... Literally 20 buses were late this morning for somewhat reason and the school didn't let us know the buses were gonna be late! When we drove halfway up the hill our bus turned onto our street. They need to have a tracker or at least let us know that their late if literally almost the whole bus garage is late! --P-O District, Pa

Once I had to endure 2 hours worth of a needing to go. BADLY.
The teacher said "why didn't you go at lunch:?" I would've said I didn't need it then but this was one of my less nice teachers :(

3 No self-defence against bullies

If someone attacks me in school, my school basically either wants me to "run away" - um, what if they, well, FOLLOW ME- or "tell a teacher" - while I'm being beaten?

I heard about this stupid school in a newspaper. The story was a 10 year old kid or something came up to a smaller kid and pushed him to the ground and hit him. So the little kid said don't push me and kicked the bully. Then the idiot teachers made him apologize to the bully and they both stayed after school. Then they told the mom that her son was in a fight and when she found out what actually happened she was really mad. It's just so stupid that some schools tell you to tell a teacher or roll up into a ball or something dumb. What if you're cornered by like 3 kids. You can't exactly tell a teacher then. My grandpa said that he was bullied by a kid in school so he just punched the kid and he didn't bother him anymore. I wish you were allowed to do that now it's the best way to stop bullying.

A couple weeks ago they gave us a pep talk on how to deal with bullies. They said that you can't defend yourself at all. You can't touch him. And I'm like, What? Are you supposed to just stand there and wait politely for him to hit you? Everyone booed the teacher when she said that. There was practically a public outcry that day. It was insane. The next week some kid I know got cornered by six 8th graders. He did all the stupid stuff they told him to do- tell them to stop, call for a teacher, don't resist at all. The guys just laughed at him and beat him black and blue. The teachers didn't even do anything. I saw the whole thing. It was crazy. Several students were suspended in the days afterward for speaking out against the stupid role, and a schoolwide riot/protest eventually ensued that took half the school day to shut down. Absolutely unbelievable.

But then what will you do if a bully punches you? Just stand there and let him/her beat you up?
Damnnnn teachers really need to smarten up...

4 No electronics

My history teacher was really strict when it came to electronics. He made us put on them in a box by the door every day before class. One time, someone forgot to put theirs in the box, and it went off in class. Well the teacher really went berserk. After he yelled at the student, he ripped up the test he took that day, and told honk he had to make it up later.

This one time in class I was wearing my Fitbit Versa! Because it looks so much like an apple watch, that's what the teacher thought it was. Anyway, the teacher had broken her foot so she couldn't move to the whiteboard, so we all assembled around her desk. I and a few other kids were shoved to the back. The teacher was explaining something and I tapped my watch to see the time. Unfortunately, the teacher looked up at this specific moment. She seen me "playing" (her words not mine) on my watch and she confiscated it. I didn't get it back till Friday (it was Tuesday) and she told me never to wear it to school again. I did, by the way! Stuff the rules! All I wanted was the time!

We have this school system that divides class sections into the Honors, the Semi-Honors, the General Section and the Regulars. The honors are revered as goody-goodies up until now...but no one even takes a second glance at the empty box used to store the honors students' phones (which is a good thing, so during break hours we huddle in the bathroom and play stupid mobile games )

So the teachers get to use their phones but we can't? It doesn't make sense! Why can't we use it at free time? What if someone can't read a clock but has their phone to check the time?

5 If the student doesn't have enough lunch money in their accounts, the school has the right to deny them food

I have to call fair game on this one. I am pretty sure they can get a grilled cheese and a milk without money so they have the option for the alternative meal. The lunches don’t pay for them selves. So you can always pack lunch or bring money.

Not at my school hehe. There is a rule at my school that if you don’t have money they have to give you food. If they know your parents are unemployed you get it for free, if they are employed, you just have to pay for it sometime in the near future. Same goes with printing in the library.

I think that they should only deny you if you are over 3$ off. Or they don´t reject you at all and send a message to your parents telling them to pay it of later, at the end of the year, or whenever they can or want to. My opinion

In my county, if you have money, then you get a choice of which foods you want on the menu. If not, you would just get the combo. Why? Because here,law states that schools must give at least 3 food items to children during lunch. However, I do not know if it is the same in other places. They should really change it if the rule above applies. Parents will REALLY complain.

6 Must do homework

I am a school teacher, AND I agree with y'all. Now, this is not a rule per say usually but more of a policy. For example, teachers must have so many homework grades per six weeks. I always like for my students to complete their work in class if possible however, so I can target appropriate interventions. And when it comes to projects, I want to make certain students are actually completing their own, not the parent. Plus, I more than well aware of the plethora of things that exist beyond the school doors, and I don't like to magnify my own stress level either. Life is just too short. On the rare occasions that I assign "homework" it may be to simply study for a spelling test, or maybe just a short reflection paragraph or something of that nature. Ultimately, I believe in in-class time and maximizing it. This is better for student and teacher mindsets.

There will always be homework happy teachers, though, I am afraid... lol...

See teachers that do this piss me off. There is no reason for you to stand there and lecture and go off on tangents for a hour then do a hour of work just to be handed a ass ton of homework. It makes no sense. Luckily most homework at my school is just unfinished work to be done at home and not work assigned for home. However there is a few teachers who think that school is a lifestyle not just 7 hours five days a week. There was one teacher who gave us a project over Christmas that pissed me off.

We already have to spend long, boring hours in school. My teachers always say "I understand you have lives." But then they give up 1 hour or more worth of homework.

SirSheep so feel you there. I have probably been forced to do more hours of work both in school and at home than the number of hours I've spent doing things I actually enjoy in my entire life. Full time student is probably one of the most psychologically demanding things you go through in your lifetime. What's more, my school is considering eliminating electives altogether and having the school day simply consist of 3 2-hour long core classes (humanities, science + math) and the only respite we would have would be lunch. Does so much more harm than good.

7 No chewing gum

I get that people might stick gum on your seat and it may get stuck to your pants but there's a simple solution without banning gum. No sticking gum on seats! I chew gum in class basically every day and the teachers get SUPER mad when you get busted! I've always seen this rule as completely pointless because gum not only gives you fresh breath but can also act a stress reliever and you're at school, so, your gonna need a stress reliever.

Well, this rule actually has a purpose. When I would enter class every morning, there would always be chewed gum stuck to my chair. And the worst part is I'd never notice and I sit down a gum would stick to my pants.

I do agree I guess. Because whenever I arrive at school in the morning their is chewed pieces of gum stuck to the chair and I sit in it without knowing and I get him in my pants!

My teacher always chewed gum in class. One time she was talking to me and her breath was bad. The gum wasn't even working.

8 Have to take P.E.

Yes, I understand some kids truly enjoy PE and playing soccer and basketball and being on teams. But not me. For an introvert like me and many others, it's hard enough to be on a group without it being in GYM where you're constantly being judged by your teachers and peers on your skills. Life in middle and high school nowadays is stressful enough without worrying about the newest gym unit that you're terrible at. Even, worse, you're on a team with all the athletic kids that are great at that sport, and you are terrible at it.

It is amazing as to how ignorant the world is in regards to their health. I also feel bad because apparently PE teachers are not doing their job in demonstrating why it is so important. The sad part is, all the people commenting about how pointless P.E. is...will only learn its importance when it is too late for them. I also feel sorry for the people whose P.E. class was only sports and nothing more. That is not P.E., that is recess. For those of you who believe PE is a waste of time...Good luck to you!

In my school P.E is an elective and it is not mandatory. Personally I am not the athletic kid, so I don't like it. I am trying to switch out of P.E right now. I did not choose to do P.E, I had to because I'm in quarter three, and my old class changed to P.E. With my luck I'm most likely going to have to stay in P.E.

It's so dumb because It's awkward for kids who aren't naturally athletic. I suck at basketball, but we have assigned team, and it's just my luck I get put on teams with the super athletic kids.

9 Not allowed to choose own seats

So I like to sit in the front of the classroom so the tall people don't obstruct my view of the board, but I generally get seated in the back because they know I'm a good student. Good students should be able to choose.

My Geography teacher seems to love seating me right in front of her... Why can't I just sit at the back where I can mind my own business? I'm a good student anyway...

Teachers that have seating charts pick random students and see who they hate the most then surround them with their enemies

Sometimes we don't even have our friends in any of our classes. And the friends we actually do have, we can't sit beside.

10 No hats or beanies

I like wearing hats and beanies because I like to express myself. It's part of my style.
And teachers say that wearing a hat is disrespectful? Okay, just because I'm wearing a hat, am I insulting you?
I can understand if it's a really tall hat or a giant sun hat, but just a baseball cap or a beanie? Is a simple black baseball cap that distracting?

I never really understood the no hats rule. I think students should have the right to wear whatever makes them feel comfortable.

Are they worried it will block my view or make me hard to identify? You can tell who I am just fine when I wear a hat! At least there are some days where you can pay to wear a hat and not get in trouble.

The staff at my school have a hate fetish for hats! There are students playing with condoms, doing drugs, and making out in the hallway and all they worry about is hats!? We always hear "remember not to wear hats! " every other day! Never "Don't do drugs" or "Don't be making out in the hallway! " or "Stop bringing condoms to school! " It's always "Remember not to wear hats! "

The Contenders

11 No eating in class

Teachers eat in the classroom all the time and sometimes lunch takes forever. I see no problem with the students eating a little snack.

My old bus driver didn't even let us eat either but the new one does, thank god. My math teacher said it's only because of allergies. THEN WHY DO WE HAVE LUNCH

This rule always gets me. I don’t understand why some teachers don’t let students eat in class. It’s not like they make a huge mess.
I know for a fact that some people at my school don’t even get lunch so not letting students eat sounds pretty cruel if you ask me.

Between breakfast and lunch kids get really hungry teachers don't understand because they freaking eat snacks through out the day

12 Must participate in plays

My teacher say it's "fun" and "educational", but I have no idea why. She says we have to understand what the character feels and how emotional they sound. Sure, but don't force me to stand up there and read the part of Goldilocks when she says " This porridge is just right *gobble gobble gobble*". Plus, sometimes people pause and refuse to say anymore even when everyone is literally screaming at that person to keep on reading because then we will miss half of break. Then they think everyone hates them and start to cry. It's all the teachers' fault. See, I'm in year 4 and I'm supposed to be learning about scripts because the year 3s and 4s have to learn how to "express" emotions. I just don't know what's up with teachers these days. They make it so embarassing and when they say "I hope you like your new roles in this play, because you can't switch!" Like, seriously? Also, they FORCE you to do a part even when you say you are being pulled right out of your comfort zone. If there's not ...more

You can't force someone to do something they don't want to do especially if they get embarrassed (and anything like that) really easily

What if you're really shy and you get up and don't say anything. And then everyone makes fun of you and it's all the teachers fault.

In elementary school this was required but in middle school and high school it is not

13 No 'unnatural' hair colors

You should be able to choose your hair colour especially because it's YOUR hair not someone else's, rock your hair in whatever colour you want it to be

We're allowed to have it, but as long as it is not all of the hair (ex: streaks, half dyes etc).

I hate when idiot teachers think kids are their property.

I have blue hair and my school is fine with that.

14 No talking

In chemistry, there was such a problem with talking that the teacher who was new came up with a solution to get us to stop talking so much.It was called the no talking challenge. It was where the teacher would give lasts a strike for each time they disrupted the class by talking and if you got three strikes you wouldn’t get a point and if you got this and if you got 15 points for the quarter you would get some kind of viral the class would get some kind of a reward like the teacher would bring in a movie or I’ll just get to have a period as a study hall or something. I have to admit it sounded like a pretty good idea and it was pretty effective to unfortunately the school closures as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions put an end to the challenge so we never really ended up getting a reward but it by a party came a teacher believe me I’m gonna try that challenge myself.

Not even bro they be like 'why do I hear talking" or "I'll wait" and then expect us to stop talking out of respect. Maybe you can hear me because you have ears. And if you say your going to wait then just wait. teachers can't even keep their own word these days!

My computer teacher shouts at us for talking EVEN IF NO ONE CAN ACTUALY HEAR IT! I was sitting next to two guys.I couldn't even hear anything from them and then she forces them out of class and them gives them a warning.

You can't just put a zip on someone's mouth because they want to talk. Imagine us students doing that to teachers

15 No hard balls

Wait, this sounds wrong... I meant hard footballs.

In my school in PE we gota play with hard balls (I'm not saying about testicles)

Well how you supposed to kick or throw them?

Weird Rule. What does it mean exactly?

16 Not allowed to choose the song in a play

I literally have never watched or participated in a school play that was remotely entertaining.

Why do we have to sing babyish songs? 6th graders should be able to sing Tokyo Narita and Wasting Time!

Teachers can play the hokey pokey and cause everyone to quit the play.

That would be torture, forcing to play a part and listening to a song u don't like/hate

17 Shorts and leggings must be arm length

What the hell? so these short ass girls that have short arms can be walking around school with her ass hanging out and they can't say nothing about it because its still arm lenth. what are they gonna do then?

I have long legs and a skinny waist so large is to big around my waist and medium is to short

Um, what if you have arms that go past any and all shorts that you can afford or somethin'?

What if you don't own anything arm length genius.

18 Keep your hands to yourself

And no going within 4 inches of each other. In a small school with 1,000 students and over 40 kids per class. How?

No one listens so why bother

Why is this even a rule?

19 No groups of friends over 5

Should be higher. I am always the lonely one. I legit had to CARRY a freaking group to a project. 4 other dweebs doing nothing but talking about what they should do after school. Our group was the second worst one. THANKS A LOT TEACHER

So if you have 6 friends (including you) one of them have to leave? And be lonely? Not many people are good with making new friends, let them have the people who they feel safe with or mostly trust

Uh yeah this is impossible for me I don't know how but I always end up with a ton of friends and I don't get how they expect anyone to be able to do this

I'v been going through this list and I'm hoping,I'm really,really hoping that it doesn't get dummer than this rule.
Narrator:Little did she know that she will eat those words as soon as she reads the 25th rule.

20 Must wear black shoes

Not everyone likes school shoes especially black shoes since some of them are as hard as wearing rocks tied into your feet. Black is also a dark,depressing colour. Not to be rude to anyone who likes the colour black, I like it too

Ok I only have one pair of black shoes and they're Fila's which aren't even completely black so if I went to a school like this they would have to deal with that or deal with colored shoes

In my school, you can wear any shoe except steel toed boots and anything that exposes your toe. And I always wear black shoes, so this wouldn't affect me. Doesn't mean I agree with it.

Ours have to be completely black with no patterns. Guess what? I'm wearing my new shoes (with leopard print) to school tomorrow. Who cares?

21 No crazy hair

Apparently any color that is "unnatural" and "a distraction" or something like that. I don't know about anyone else but for me weird hair is as much as a distraction as the posters on the walls.

My current school only allows us to dye our hair with natural hair colors, while the high schools don't give a flip about what color you dye your hair.

My friend dyed her hair permanently lilac and teacher was fine, I temp dye mine red and get suspended for 2 weeks?!?!

My school does not have this because I have dark blue hair and other people have dyed hair.

22 No throwing snowballs

No, I see the logic in this one. Once I was having a mini snowball fight (boys against girls) and this kid in grade 1 or 2 came up and wanted to join we said no. I finally cornered one of the boys and the same kid hit me in the nose with a ball of ice.

Just in case...JUST in case...one of the kids hides a loaded pistol, a grenade, five ninja stars and a jar of cyanide in one.

Unless you're 5, this rule is pointless, throwing snow doesn't hurt at all.

THere's snow and hand what happens? SNowBall FIght

23 Only water in water bottles

I bring coffee to school in my water bottle and the PE teachers gets mad at me , like What.

Once I have brought juice in bottle secretly!

What about Tea for people that wake up early

You get to bring water bottles? Lucky

24 No Teletubbies

Is this for nursery school?
You want a scary preschool character check out Rainbow series 1 1972

Teletubbies is a very creepy show. I never liked it at all. They just give me nightmares.

Same with The Backyardigans. But thank god that staff quit.

A school without Teletubbies is no school at all

25 No long hair

This is so pointless. My high school doesn't have this rule at all, sorry if yours does. My hair goes down to my knees and everyone stares at me with a smile, especially the boys.

Most of our life's (girls and boys and Non-binary people) people might want to grow their hair but then you just force them to cut it? Let them do them!

This is a rule at some places? Oh no! My hair almost goes down my whole back and I would never cut it, I would just get detention! Yay!

I don't have long hair, but if I did I would never cut it for some stupid rule.

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