Most Pointless School Subjects


The Top Ten

1 P.E.

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. - PositronWildhawk

P.E. is ridiculous, you shouldn't be forced to do something and pay for something you don't want to do by people that have no relation to you whatsoever. Who cares that some people are overweight? They are just the same as we are. Plus, it should be our choice of who we want to be and why. - benhos

Having to do PE at school made me hate sport. I couldn't give a damn about getting a ball in a hoop/net/whatever and would have much preferred to be in the library for all those lost hours. I used to make sure I was out in rounders at the earliest opportunity, so that I could sit in the sun and relax. I used to "accidentally" drop the ball or pass the ball to the other team in netball so I would never be chosen for the team. Only thing PE ever taught me was to keep away from doing PE.

Awful - Puppytart

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2 Religious Education

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. - Cazaam

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. - GrimmShady

I'm Catholic so I have to go to religion four days a week and it's really boring. (No offense to God. ) - Connor360

Tell me when once in my life knowing how Jesus died and went up to a mystical sky father who granted him eternal life is gonna get me anywhere? What jobs does it provide? BARELY ANY!

If there is an Athiest kid and they’re learning about the bible why should he care? He/She doesn’t believe in it so why should it be forced on them?

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3 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.

Algebra is the bridge to "higher" math functions. For those that have interest in engineering, architecture, manufacturing and countless other fields, understanding these higher functions is a base necessity. It sucks oftentimes because understanding these concepts is difficult for most of us at first, but in almost all cases, at least a basic understanding is achieved, and believe me, it is very helpful in the workplace. - Ned964

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. - OC96

This class is Mental Abuse To Humans.

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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

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

What a load of crap. This subject reminds me of religious studies. The teachers are just trying to make you believe in something that just isn't there. The author of a book doesn't sit there thinking "which literary technique should I use now to convey this idea". No, they are thinking "i better write something down or I will never get this book published so I can make some money and stop living with my parents".

Does using literary techniques in a resume secure a job? Do you need to write a critical essay when all that matters is facts and statistics? Does analysing Shakespearean plays contribute to the advancement of the human society?
Essays are marked subjectively, English teachers seemingly pull interpretations out of thin air which are backed up by an endless list of pointless techniques.
I see no value in studying English and why it's compulsory, I'm genuinely surprised this doesn't rank first.

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5 Dance

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. - Cazaam

My dance teacher always broke down at our class, which made the whole class pointless

Why the hell we have to learn and force to dance.

The only reason to do dance is to be a frekin dance teacher.. no one wants to be one though

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6 History

We care about some dead person who did something no one cares about why? I don't know. The only interesting part of history is evolution. - Cazaam

We would never need History because it is not like anybody is going to give you a paper in your job and tell you here I want you to do exactly what Thomas Jefferson did.

When will we need this? It's not like in future someone's going to come up to you and say "Hey! When did king Henry die? Or when did the Battle of the Hastings start? " - LyidaFaiths

Unfortunately this was my favorite subject in high school. Unless your going into a history related field, of which there are far too few, this subject is largely useless. - Ned964

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7 Music

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. - Cazaam

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. - benhos

Have to vote for this one. Don't have Religous Education here (I don't go to a catholic school) so I had to pick this one (I'm sure RE would be my pick if I had to learn it). Music class is pointless beyond pointless. In highschool I have to take an art to get my art credit, so I took visual arts Grade 9 for an easy one (Didn't have room on my timetable for Grade 9 art in grade 9 or 10 as only 2 and 3 electives were available and I took the courses I like) - CheesyNachos

Only useful if you're doing music in University (I actually am) - xxpizzasrlifexx

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8 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.

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! - Cazaam

This class has been a complete waste of my freshman year of high school.

A.k.a shave too much biology into your mouth - amenyoussef

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9 Art

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.

Art itself isn't pointless or bad, but the way they teach it in school is.

I actually like art, I can draw really good anime. But at school all our creativity is being taken away! I have to draw these weird art and on one of those art I got a 2-! Art should be based on creativity not drawing a stupid apple like the teacher tells you - squeedlybop

Just terrible jesus

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10 Math

Math that we learn in elementary school and maybe middle school is good (things like percentages, being able to handle money, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, etc... basically anything you can apply to your real life). Algebra and trigonometry are examples of useless math. I don't think I'll ever need to know what x equals, what the hypotenuse of a certain triangle is, or how to graph linear equations.

Mathematics is so pointless, not because its hard or complicated but You have to pass it... If you already known the basics like Addition, Subtraction, Division and Multiplication then you don't need to learn other things about math since if you had a job most (80%) of the time you wouldn't even need or use it...

Math until middle school is useful, but after then its pretty pointless. Name one job that you need to know how to solve multi step equations in. Oh you can't name one oh ho ho.

How is this not number 1? - pouria_mt

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The Contenders

11 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. - Cazaam

Its annoying


12 Science

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

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.

Boy oh boy! I can't wait to get this banker job. However, I don't think it requires knowing how many chromosomes a human has.

It’s boring

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13 Handwriting

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? - Cazaam

Actually, I need a class in handwriting. My handwriting is terrible compared to all my friends. - Pegasister12

This might have been useful in the past, but then Microsoft Word was invented. - gizzmokids

This one is actually pointless. Nobody cares if I have bad handwriting. We all type our essays now anyways!

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14 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

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

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

Spanish makes me want to end my life

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15 Language Arts

Yeah! At least math has pragmatic value. Language arts is thoroughly useless

By the time you're in seventh, you know everything about language arts. - LordDovahkiin

When are we going to read a book

It honestly depends on the teacher and most la teachers suck like mrs.estrauda

16 Physics

Very hard to grasp. Not useless - Ned964

Pretty much useless for anyone who doesn't want to be a physician. Also, confusing as hell.

17 Geography

This is the most boring subject ever why would I ever want to know about rocks and the formation of rivers spits and bars. Where is this going to be useful in my life we already know east where the sun rises west the sun sets north east west south.

18 Latin

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!

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.

Why. Don't try to bring it back to life it's a dead language. Pointless.

My word, boring, pointless, stupid, nobody speaks it anymore! All it ever did was fill up my valuable memory with unhelpful verb ending and phrases. AAARGH! Just why.

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19 Reading

This subject in my opinion is the absolute worst. Having to read books for school, which is stupid in itself, is pretty useless. Who actually wants to read books, chosen by some of the most education savvy twits in the world, that seem to be the center of boredom. They always pick classics, too. This has brought my definition of a classic book to being over 50 years old, overusing unnecessarily long words, and having the content worth no man's time, all inside a poorly drawn beat up cover. The amount of crap that comes from reading books for school is just stupid!

20 Speech

Cried so much in this class. Some people are naturally gifted in speaking and some (like me) are just not. They can actually fail you for this useless subject.

It sucks because if you have stage fright you wont wanna say anything

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