Most Pointless School Subjects

The Top Ten

1 P.E.

Are you guys actually serious right now? P.E. is not a pointless class period, lots of people here are trying to point out that P.E. doesn't provide important exercise such as weight training. Well, did you ever realize that one of the main purposes of P.E. is to rid you of stress and anxiety and to just get outside to move around. Do you guys seriously want to sit in a classroom all day and go home to do your homework all night. P.E. is the time to just loose off and not be stressed out so much. I swear, people these days just don't want good things. How is running around and goofing off with your friends not fun?

I'm dead serious.
PE encourages bullying rather than eliminating it. Especially when it comes to teams, the nerds will always be picked last, making them more socially isolated.

PE is simply ridiculous. It does not help you with anything in life, and is more likely to get you a pathetic life than a productive one. And it ruins your dignity from when you start it until when you can drop it.

Okay, like me and three-quarters of the kids in my gym class are active athletes and get enough exercise. Besides, you're only active during the class for like, 5 minutes. P.E should be optional. I wouldn't take it.

Of course, PE makes the smart kids who will save the planet get bullied

2 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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Algebra is pointless because the vast majority of people in life never use algebra, less than 20% of Americans use algebra at work whether basic or complex and studies have shown that mathematical performance of students gets worse when they start algebra.
Besides if there is a need for algebra then just use a computer. There are many apps for computers and smartphones where you can calculate algebra rather than waste hours of your precious life performing pointless algebra.

The use behind algebra is to get us to think. I believe they should introduce these topics in school but let the children decide if they want to move on. Most would disagree by saying that we would lose most peoples interest in math by doing that because nobody would want to move on with math, but that's basically saying you have no faith in the children. I feel as if they are turned away because they are FORCED to learn the topic.

Really? PE over algebra? As the people on this website fat yards or something with diabetes? Algebra is way more pointless.

3 Religious Education

If you're religious, teach it to your kids and let them make up their own minds. Don't drill it in at school unless that's what they believe in.

I'm irreligious, why do I care when Jesus died or how Man was "created" Another subject that's a lie and shouldn't exist. If you wondered, Man was created when E.T. had intercourse with a gorrilla. That makes as much sense as Creationism does.

I wish you atheists would get off of your high horses and start actually analyzing the contents of religious groups and texts. You are not more special than us. You are not smarter than us. You do not have anything that makes your opinion more eligible than ours. Yours is just a worldview like everyone else's, and it's time we start treating it as such.

Religion isn't important. Religion exists because God wants us to be good. That's all. Why do we have to learn about the genesis, Noah's ark, Easter, Jesus death, Satan, David and Goliath, Moses, Egyptians, Mary, all stuff like that?
It's totally useless. To make God proud, just be a good person. You don't have to read the bible or stuff.

I believed Christianity in Primary School.
But in Secondary School I was sceptic with Christianity.
But it's not useless if you want to work in a church for religion. (Yeah not other things for example cooking and art classes in the week, and whatever else they do that you don't need to be a Christian to enjoy.)

4 English Literature

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

Okay...The literature part of English is a waste. But, being able to write a decent paper and how to form a sentence is important.

English literature is a bunch of bullsh**. How is it going to be beneficial in life. Will shakespeare really play a part in your future life. I really hope not! Do you really think people want to sit in their chair for 1 and a half hours talking about Shakespeare conveying his emotions and thoughts. Do you really think that Shakespeare himself thought about whether or not he's going to use a metaphor, simile or personificaiton. I highly doubt it. Is there a point in learning about things that had happened 400 years ago and is fictional. Children nowadays are wasting their lives reciting some bloody play that they will only do once. The essay you write for 1 or 2 exams will be a waste of time because at the end of the day no one will read it ever again. Although modern english is beneficial to current lives for communication will you ever say this to your girl/boyfriend thou is't well looking. Sorry to people who like english but your wasting your time reading a whole load of crap. ...more

The only subject on this list that is required at the highest level, In my province Grade 12 30-1 in order to go to university. But what actual job beside English teacher needs to know what an simile and metaphor are?

5 Dance

dance is my least favorite class and when I'm in 1st grade the girls (including me) have dance class teachers makes it like it was an important class I hate dancing

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.

I actually never took a dance class as a kid, but if I did I'd be pissed. I'm an accountant.

I already know how to bust out some moves, does it mean anything to practice some boring routine when I can just make it up as I go along? Just another class to wag.

6 History

NO ONE CARES ABOUT THIS SUBJECT. Do you think most kids care about the history of america? we should be learning how to fix the future, not learning about the past

History allows us to learn from the large scale mistakes that many have made throughout in the past. By not learning history, we can develop views that are wrong and views that are not in any way based on facts or truth, but rather the hate for a large group of people, whether it is religion, race or gender. By learning about the past our views become valid, because we have based them on facts.

Why did I have to suffer year after year of Australian history in primary school, and now European and Asian history in secondary school? It's a waste of time...

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

7 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.

I don't know what that is

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

Really it’s a subject! More useless then dance

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.

It's an extinct language. If you want to learn a Romance language like Spanish just take Spanish courses.


Nobody uses it in today's world (maybe aside from a few religious people or priests). We really don't need to learn this in school.

9 Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
10 Music

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!

No point of this class even existing. If you was interested in music, you'd know before then. The only thing this class has done is made me scared of the recorder.

I disagree and I don't know how this is even up here. Music is perhaps one of, if not the most important aspects of life. To have a class that can teach you why, or a class to teach you how is just as important. Music is how people can communicate and express feeling. Music has been a part of civilization ever since humans discovered sound could be produced to make tunes. It is cultural, it is magical and inspirational. You take music class not because you are or are not interested in music, but because it is important to understand why music is so impactful in the first place. Who knows, maybe you'll even learn how to create music yourself.

If I wanted to play something, I would teach myself or get a non-school teacher. All this does is split students up so the teachers are not overwhelmed. I had a recorder shoved down my throat when I was 11.

The Contenders

11 Problem-based learning

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

12 Art

I only take art because I'm forced to pick 3 electives and the good electives are full. The teachers limit your creativity so much its pointless

I was forced to do art and I got into trouble for 'not doing it right' in primary school. I was 10 years old!

Music is a form of art, and if Taylor Swift didn't learn about it, she wouldn't have made music, which means tons of people I know would be hurt. It's not such a useless subject when you really think about it.

Art is pretty pointless, if someone liked art they would do it outside of school. Not as useful as other subjects on this list, both below and above art. Spanish is on this list even though it is the second most widely spoken language in the world. RE is pretty crap but it helps to understand people's religions. PE has been said to reduce obesity in children ("apparently"). Science definitely helps also.

13 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.

14 Human Geography

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.

This class damaged my freshman year completely since I would've gotten a 4.0 GPA!

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!

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.

15 Gender Studies

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

So in High School, I was choosing classes to take, so I was like "AyYyy lEts TakE tHiS" and it SUCKED. I do think that women deserve equality, but the class was SO bad! The tests were LITERALLY asking us "Do all people deserve equality" and "what is a queer" EVERY SINGLE TEST.

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

A study about imaginary genders. Wow.

16 Spanish

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!

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

Spanish is very important in North America. There are a lot of Spanish speakers in the US, and it only helps to learn the second most dominant language in the US

Why do you have to take Spanish classes? Like, what does it DO to make you better when you grow up?

17 Math

Basic math should be required, all the other useless types of math should be optional

Math is hard, but life without math is hard. How did we get these accurate measurements of structures? How did we calculate how far is one place to another?

Not only is it very important, it is vital to daily functioning: comparison shopping for best values, creating or following basic recipes, redecorating or redesigning a home or personal space, investing and saving money for retirement and financial portfolios, ensuring you aren't ripped off at the cash register, clocking departure and arrival times, especially in the aviation field. Can you imagine continual sky crash-- those would not be "friendly" skies! Lol...

Most of the material u learn in math will be very useful in later life! Understanding area and perimeter can be used for house designing. Math is used in everyday life.
ESPECIALLY if your applying as a mathmetician or computer programmer.

18 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.

19 Handwriting

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.

Handwriting should be required for students who don't meet a certain expectation at the beginning of a new year.

I can't understand handwriting, so the more people that use, the worst for me

My handwriting will suck forever, and the world isn't going to care about it either when I'm being lowered into a hole in the ground.

20 Latin American Studies
21 Science

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...

By far the most useless. A question for the school board, will we EVER and I mean EVER use the information we learn in Biology, Chemistry, or any other mainstream science in normal everyday life? No, we will never use it unless we are in that specific field in the future (and in that case should be either an elective or a college class only). Honestly, Financial Education should be put in place of Science in the High School requirements to graduate. And honestly, half of what modern High Schools teach should be elective ONLY! I rest my case

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!

You know, school is pretty much meant to prepare you for the real world. Like, how to care for your children, get a job, all the important things. When I get married, have kids, and get a job, I'm not going to have to talk about the new periodic table or a amoeba! It's a waste of time and doesn't prepare you for anything in the real world.

22 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!

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

Anyone? Anyone?

23 Product Design

it is useless because you will probably own half the stuff you make

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.

Its annoying

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

24 Pre-Algebra

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

A pointless subject to make the smart kids look bad


Your right m8

25 Chemistry

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

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.

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

If at least they teached you how to make your own drugs!

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