Most Pointless School Subjects

The Top Ten
1 P.E.

Are you kidding me?! P.E. is this awesome! I don't know how it's useless. Most kids who don't do sports don't excercise on their own. Geez! It's just forty-five minutes of some good quality exercise! A lot of people claim it shames people who are not athletic, but I say it's healthy competition. I do Martial Arts, so I get excercise, but back when I didn't have a sport, P.E. was the freaking bomb! I loved it! It has so much to do, and I wasn't even the best kid in class! It encourages kids who are unfit to get some more excercise and be healthier. It is not useless. If you don't like it, you just don't want to put in the work.

Sure exercise is important and all that but 2 hours a fortnight isn't going to keep people fit. And it doesn't really encourage people to exercise more either. U just see the unfit kids strolling from side to side on the field to get as far away from the ball as possible so they aren't passed to. Its pointless and shouldn't be mandatory.

Ok so in P.E here at my school my teacher has us watch like a 15-30 minute video, write and answer questions like
"What does it mean to be a leader?"
"Are you a follower or a leader?"
"What do you think of the video?"


Watching the video and answering the questions should ONLY be for the ones staying home! NOT for the ones (like me and 4 others) PhYsIcAlLy ThErE!

We are there physically, we don't suit out, we just play basketball or whatever that"s there!


It sucks, watch a video for 30 minutes, don't do exercise, and drop it all later. Would America be going through a health crisis if P.E was so interesting and necessary, no one ever remembers what they are taught, and they are taught nothing.

2 Algebra

Learning basic algebra is important but more higher forms of it should only be reserved for students who want to take on a career that require lots of algebra.

Algebra teaches critical thinking, pattern recognition, and aligns to problem-solving. At its most basic level, there really are helpful applications for the general population; however, as you advance through the course, some uses become much more theoretical which is generally true for any math course. Again, it's about expanding horizons and providing choices for students to develop skill sets that translate beyond a mere classroom.
And no, I'm not a fan of math per se
(though I enjoy certain aspects). Still, there is no denying Algebra I and some basic exposure to applied geometry is a must for everybody whether or not people understand that premise. Trust me; it's needed!

That being said, higher level math such as Algebra II (required by most states), Pre-Cal, Calculus, etc... those are truly targeted specifically for students geared toward advanced degrees in Chemistry or Physics. All education possesses value-- but not all us applicable to everyone.

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I'm not far off retirement age and I have never used algebra, with the exception of helping my son with his algebra homework! totally pointless subject.

Algebra is EXTREMELY important and fun to do. In 2nd grade, I finished Algebra II and in 3rd grade Precalculus, so it's not hard, and it is fun. I don't understand why people don't like mathematics, I love it!

3 Religious Education

This one should be optional. Different students have different religions and beliefs and for atheists like me this class if terrible.

not everyone has the same religions duh. It should be optional and chosen by students ONLY. No one should tell you what religion to believe in. Not even your own family. -<-

I hated it and is compulsory for my son's GCSE, whereas they didn't have the option to study IT, which would've been much more useful!

Some people don’t believe in god like me. So why should we have to learn about it when we aren’t going to use it or treasure it. What about how to do taxes, or find a god job, not something people either already know or don’t care about.

4 English Literature

Learning English Literature is just like using only cheap towers in a tower defence game. It is really useful in early rounds aka. when you are young. But it eventually becomes useless at later rounds aka. when you grow older.

I do not lean how to do any thing but how to find a theme and point of view non of the stuff like how to write a essay, e-mail, or letter .

English literature is the epitome of pointless. It has zero value in being studied, and serves no purpose in the real world. Math is used to make everything from computers to bridges, history is important to learn to prevent past events from repeating, and science is important because it relates to things sounding us everyday, and has led to so many invaluable discoveries, such as the cures for diseases. And of course, regular English is massively important for obvious reasons. You may not necessarily use all the subjects I listed above, but this does not change the fact that they are still so important in our world, and a lot more problems would exist today if we stopped studying them. But let me ask you this: What would happen if people stopped studying old English? Let me give you the obvious answer: Absolutely NOTHING. Nothing would change, because it does not affect our world in the slightest bit. What is the actual point of reading this stuff? There is no point, yet high school ...more

English Literature is the very definition of a useless subject. We need to learn proper grammar, punctuation and spelling, not what the red door symbolises or what the dead shark represents in a stupid book with absolutely no grammar. People say the English language is dying out because of technology, but why don't we learn how modern english works before studying Shakespeare and his amazing use of OLD ENGLISH? This subject isn't even useful in any way. When you end up in the workplace, a vast knowledge of words and professional use of language is necessary, not the amount of bs you can pull from the top of your head. If you thought my grammar was terrible, wait until you see other people in my school.

5 Dance

Why is this even a class? Literally the only class (asides from maybe Aspects of chemistry) where you can genuinely use the old “when will I ever use this in real life” argument. This class is stupid to say the least.

Dance class is literally useless. The only dance you need to know is the fancy dance you do with your wife after you're married if you are married, and you don't need a pissed PE teacher teaching a bunch of angsty kids how to do the cupid shuffle when they could be learning how to do taxes.
This is the reason I skipped class for the first time (well sorta)
I rest my case

Dance is pointless, There is no reason to fail a kid because he doesn't like to dance or can't dance. You would not go to a job interview and be asked to dance so you can get the job. Completely pointless unless you're going to be Michael Jackson, then is better to take dancing lessons than dancing in school.

In Spanish class, we had to do a Zumba dance for a workout. And if we did not do properly, we had to do it in front of the whole class. Luckily, no one had to do this.

6 Critical Thinking/Social Change

Critical thinking is a skill, not a class. Social change is the result of ideology and personal beliefs about systems that need to be tweaked for specific purposes in human interaction and is tied more closely to history.

As to whether there is a course someone slapped a name on to pump up self-importance: it's done all the time. Most "strange" courses are the result of dissertation students or professors obtaining grants, however. I'm guessing this course probably has to do with examining multiple solutions to current social crisis.

Never had this as a class since these skills can be taught in other subjects.

The hell?! This is a class?! The world is damaged...

I don't know what that is

7 History

We learn history to learn from the mistakes of the past. However the way schools teach it is awfully horrible! Why do I have to memorize specific dates such as when Andres Bonifacio died? Also history can also be bia If they keep this subject I wish it would be taught like storytelling.

I don't understand why we are required to learn about things that happened a few centuries ago and aren't the present-day concerns. I'd understand if this class was for keeping up with the news, but this class is just useless

I'm extremely good at history, and it is my favorite subject so this will obviously be biased. I want to politely counter some peoples arguments seeing it as unnecessary, and say just this. The reason history is important is because it shows how the following developed: religion, civilization, culture, society. History shows us how the world used to work, and how it applies to the modern day. They say that those who don't learn history are doomed to repeat it, and we have seen this several times in the past. It can be important to learn history to shape the way people think, otherwise we can travel down the wrong path again, and again, and again. For example the crimes, killings, and atrocities that the Japanese and Germans committed during WW2 were some of the worlds greatest atrocities with the death toll in the tens of millions. If people don't learn about this, people could be influenced by a "New Hitler" that can rise to power, and change everything we know, and not knowing what ...more

I'm in 6th grade and I have to learn about this?!?! this is pointless. idc about greek and romans and ancient egypt, I need to know about whats happening rn!

8 Latin

Both Latin and Greek are precursors to most world/modern languages including what are known as the Romance Languages: Spanish, French, Italian. In addition, English possesses many borrowed words and phrases from these languages. Above all, Latin and Greek are universal in both the medical and legal fields worldwide and connect such individuals as scientists globally which is important in the advancement of medicine.
In this day and age, it probably should be elective, though. That being said, you have probably been exposed to it already in English, history, and your science courses more especially including Biology. Nothing is useless; the question is whether or not your place a value on it.

Latin... Greek and Latin are in some of the words in English. The roots of these words can be important to us, so I really don't understand why this may be a most pointless school subjects

Teachers and parents say that Latin it will help with my vocabulary, but it really hasn't. I've never looked at a word and said 'ooh that word's root is from the Latin word...'. Also, they say it helps with other languages. However its never helped me in French or Spanish. Parents also say it helps with maths and science. in maths it is standard to learn about kilos etc. and Latin has never helped me in maths, same goes for Science. Latin is a dead language and no one speaks it. Hindustani /Urdu is more useful than Latin even though I'm never going to go to India or Pakistan.

Modern languages like French, German and Spanish SHOULD be taught in schools. At least they are actually spoken in the world and are used in many good businesses, but Latin? It's a dead language! Nobody speaks it anymore! So WHY THE HELL would you actually teach it?! All classical languages should be scrapped from the education system and replaced with French German or Spanish. Latin is useless in every sense of the word!

9 Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

I have no idea what this is but sounds like there are too many subjects in one.

literally all of these can be covered in different subjects via the arsenal of units each subject has

10 Music

I hate music class. I'm horrible in math but music I'm beyond horrible at! The music notes, every time the teacher teaches us and we have to write it I just cannot understand. Music should not be forced, you should be able to choose if you want to go or not.

I've already ranted about how much I hate Music on another list, so I'll just leave this one unsaid. Top Ten Most Hated School Subjects, for those who wonder.

Music, art, literature, film: who can truly imagine a world without these. I certainly don't want to, and art connects us the most basic universal level of any other discipline. It's like a personalized Hallmark card with our stamp sealed on it. We need beauty and hope in this world to encourage, motivate, inspire and dare us to dream and create. This becomes a process tied to a cycle and life is a cycle.

"Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus..." anyone remember that? We need music and all other types of creative expression even if we don't pursue them personally, we are certain to gravitate to them and they provide relaxation, comfort, joy, hope, and inspiration. What a sad world, we'd occupy without them!

why do we need to do this? it was required in elementary school, but I feel like it should've been required for the first couple of grades, and if the student likes it, then they can continue it, instead of ALL SIX (or seven, depending on the school) YEARS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!

The Contenders
11 Problem-based learning

I honestly don't know what this is, but it sounds stupid

I hate school and I think those are the most useless

This is a skill that can be taught in other classes.

It is called life

12 Study Skills

I have a BA and an MS and am working on a JD. Think I have figured out how to study at this point in my life. Why am I forced to take and pay for a class that is an utter waste of my time and only serves to add to my work load, which for a JD candidate is already heavy enough. The 4 hours a week of work it adds is disproportionate to the 1 hr of credit I get that isn't even required by the degree.
There is no reason why this class should not not be no. 1 on the list as the biggest waste of time.

This is also a skill that can be taught in other classes.

it is so pointless you will never need it in life

just whats the point?

13 Gender Studies

people who identify as any gender besides the standard two only do so to experience a sense of community with the other retards that do the same. I have no qualms with sexuality, since that's publicly addressed as a preference, but gender studies is the highest tier of stupid

I do not have this class, but I am so glad that I do not. Just imagine, that one woman from that triggered feminist meme as your teacher screaming at you because you said that there are 2 genders.

Man the lefties are using new improved tactics to indoctrinate little kids nowadays

Most useless subject by far. Taught by waves of whales and fat feminists.

14 Art

In my kids school every art lesson when they come back from school they just compaline becuase all you can draw is what the teacher make you draw. NO CREATIVITY, NO FUN COMPERTITONS, only drawing things you don't enjoy if you enjoy something you will b good at it BUT NO . In my opinion that is not art

I love art and I'm a really good artist
but I chose this one because of two things

1) the way it is taught
teachers tell you what to make, paint, draw ect, how to do it, what coloures to use and what to use
I thought art was supposed to be fun?

2) the subject
a lot of people in my class don't do art and they distrupt the class
personally I think that we should be able to choose if we want to do subjects like art, DT, ICT, food tech and tech ect

Yh I like art cos I'm free to draw and create my own stuff but the only I don't like ART IN SCHOOL it just ruining your learning and it always cause me headeche and the teacher always shouting saying this ,don't do that that not art .Art meant to be free and creative the teachers just ruining you fun your learning and creativity towards art .

The teachers limit your creativity so much its not even fun. If you have a remotely good idea the teachers are like "yeah, we can't do that..."

15 Human Geography

What was the point of this class again? Oh yeah, there's no purpose to it. Geography has taught me nothing new. I've only had maps and pointless essays shoved in my face. In addition, I've lost countless hours of sleep typing those damn essays. I think I've only learned to hate--despise even--this absolutely useless and boring class. Thank God this is only a semester-long class at my high school.

If you want to travel, buy a travel book and study it. Buy a map, etc. That's the only thing geography is useful for, the rest of it is a waste.

Geography is about learning about the earth and what goes on below your feet. I don't care about how people live in Uganda... An actual examination I had to do. Is this going to benefit me?
I want to learn about the formation of volcanoes and how earthquakes occur. That sort of thing is INTERESTING!

I just can't focus in this ridiculous subject, it is idiotic, hideous, and is a waste of your time.
Like what are you going to use your knowledge of weather forecasting for?
Also, like what kind of job are you doing where you need knowledge of different rocks?

16 Spanish

Just saying, languages are for the most part elective classes. Besides, English is not "main language" of the world. Chinese, followed by Spanish THEN English are the top three languages spoken worldwide. If anything, Chinese or Spanish is preferable than English. Get your facts straight

There are only two languages you should be forced to learn; Your native language and English, since English is the main language of the world wide web.
Forcing another language on a person simply because the country you share borders with speaks it is ridiculous.

Extremely important especially if you live in a border state! Roots in Latin the original language from which every major work has been translated. All language is relevant-- see my other reflections in sub-areas of this list for further explanation!

I've heard several times over the last ten years it's recommended to learn Spanish because of the immigrants coming here. But my point is why the Hell bother... They should learn English yet stay the Hell in their country

17 Media Studies

Unless you want to be a journo for a tabloid, a film reviewing feminist or interested in working for the mainstream media or film ind. Or marketing In any way, there is really little point in picking media studies as it doesn't really teach you anything valuable or useful that you couldn't learn in sociology or English class, or by downloading Photoshop and movie editor. Trying to find what the colour blue 'signifies' on a man's shirt on a magazine cover is NOT education. Most of the course was painfully common sense based and I regret choosing it because it isn't a very valuable a level. I wish schools didn't lie to us like this.

What? Why would this ever need to be a class?

I don't know what this even is

these are not actual subjects get them off here

18 Math

Mathematics is by far the most useful thing in the universe! Without mathematics, the universe will cease to exist! And many people are asking what job required advanced mathematics? Well every good paying job. Every STEM job requires it. Even if you are going to work in McDonald's in the rest of our life you need math for some basic finance. People say I am biased since I could do AP Calculus in 3rd grade and university mathematics in 4th grade but that is so untrue! I love mathematics and I believe everybody should.

Maths is useless once you get to high school. Learning basic maths is important and isn't stressful, until you have to start learning about algebra. If there were no letters that would make maths useful. The only sort of math that I actually do it stuff like measuring how big this could be for my dorm and stuff.

I think that it's useless because it causes stress and anxiety. Anyways it's rendered useless by computers, phones, tablets, and calculators.

Some parts are useful but the rest is all a waste. Tell me why do we need to know how to one and two step equations and variables.

19 Handwriting

I have never taken a single handwriting course in my life and my handwriting is wonderful. My sister can't read my handwriting properly, but she can even spell.

Some states don't even require this anymore. And this is not a class per se; it's a skill that's often taught at the primary and elementary levels. That being said, I believe everyone needs to develop a signature at the very least. I realize we live in a tech-based world and not everyone has gorgeous handwriting, but people benefit from this on several levels: learning different strokes that can be used in hobbies like calligraphy or even drafting, pattern recognition (yes, this applies to cursive writing), spatial awareness, and fine motor skills, especially for children with orthopedic problems or receiving occupational therapy.

There are computers now, and they have keyboards. How much do we really need to write? Not much, except when schools make you WRITE essays. Typing is way faster and especially with modern technology being more and more accessible, handwriting is not important.

The reason I wanted to break my hand. To get out of this abomination of a subject.
10 years later, my handwriting is still atrocious. Proof it doesn't work.
Who writes joined up anyway?

20 Latin American Studies

Why would I care about the states of latin america or just latin america in general POINTLESS

Leave as an elective, not necessary for anyone to really learn.

21 Product Design

What's the point of designing a basic thing you already own from scratch? It's just an extremely tedious lesson which I quickly abandoned.

The most stupid subject, ever and with 3 hours of homework every day. It is commonly known as poinless subject #1

I couldn't agree more. it is a waste of money, time and flesh


22 Science

Science is going to be very useful for me, especially considering my future job involves analysing, even though the only requirement on the course was to get a GSCE in English, I decided that I will also work towards a GSCE in Biology, Physics, Visual Art in Practice, and Food Technologies for the sole reason that I enjoy cooking.

Only a few things are useful that we learn in science, and we also learn a few things that we would've liked answered, but when will we need to know how a rock forms?

Unless you're a scientist or major in a scientific field, there is really no use at all for this subject. I don't think science truly deepens our understanding of the world. It's great knowing how basic things function, but schools make us memorize complicated parts that don't help us understand science any better.

(it shows us how things work, but not why things are this way/questioning reality.. for example, do the things we interact with exist? Does knowledge really make you smarter? Are the things we believe "right" or "wrong"? )

the questions above are part of what philosophers study- they put their beliefs to the test and really QUESTION EVERYTHING!

Relevant, fun, and engaging courses with many sub-disciplines including Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy, Physics, Horticulture, Agriculture, etc... It teaches the function and role of life processes, explores the history and evolution behind them, uses applied (hands-on) experimentation and collaboration, requires that you ask as many questions as possible, formulate hypothesis as well as dissuade them. It's always based on discovery and therefore cyclical and never-ending much like history!
Fascinating and teaches various skills: problem-solving, critical thinking, mathematical computation, creative inquiry, etc... Definitely need these courses! Not only for doctors, more specifically as you advance (yes), but in general populations as well: teachers, chefs, engineers, computer techs, media specialists, farmers, ranchers, entrepreneurs, inventors, lab techs, etc...

23 Economics

While a young person may not consider the viability of this course, let me caution you: invest, save, and comparison shop. Tracking trends and patterns and becoming familiar with basic terminology relevant to your work life: income tax, sales tax, net pay, gross pay, deduction, IRA, etc... allows you to maximize and
to secure your earning potential!

this is actually one I approve of (and that's rare) because unlike 99% of subjects & their units, it actually gives us skills to use in life

I guess it is important to learn about but is not going to be relevant to 95% of careers.

Anyone? Anyone?

24 Pre-Algebra

Right when you thought standard algebra was useless, there is more..

A pointless subject to make the smart kids look bad

Useful but mostly Useless

Why does this exist

25 Chemistry

Utterly useless. Unless you want get a job that needed chemistry, then why bother teaching it to people that choose career like for example a business man, waiter, store clerk, photographer etc.

I am currently a software developer. So, why the hell was I forced to study chemistry at school? To become a software developer you don't need chemistry at all. 90% of careers don't need chemistry as well, so I can't understand how is that we are forced to study this subject.

Chemistry is sometimes useful for making new medicines for example when a disease is infecting everyone. We need chemistry to make the new medicine.

Thank you, thank you, same problem here, but or Chemistry teacher is killing us, we must know every single thing, why?

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