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.

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?

Not a fan of physical education on a personal level simply because as someone with a physical disability it has always presented me a challenge; however, to dismiss the importance of this class indicates a lack of education in general. The principle is movement for a healthy body. We are not all athletes, nor will we all play sports professionally. I do agree more focus needs to be in aerobics and less on specific sports in these classes for that reason. Still, I understand the over-arching principle is to present a variety of sports to expose students to things they may be interested in pursuing. And that's the most important role we possess as educators, to offer choices and opportunities to students to expand their horizons!

My rant on P.E

P.E should have an extra e because it is ridiculous! The teacher tells you that you have to play instead of staring and he/she gets mad. Then, you pretend you are playing these boring sports when you're not. The gym teacher still notices and keeps stopping the game. You are on the gym floor for a long time before you get on the stage while the other part of your team plays. You still sweat if you're pretending to play because the gym is not air conditioned. After the class is over, the stupid athletic people say that only a few people on their team did something for the team. Then they talk about it during a test, and the teacher tells them to shut up. (be quiet in non bad words) They say stuff like, ''The only ones PLAYING were blah and blah", and then their friend or friends agree with him/her. They repeat it for a few minutes, and forget about it an hour later.

Don't get me started on the pennies. They always come off your shoulder and too hard to put ...more

2 Algebra

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!

Literally all of human stress comes from this, Its pointless and it causes a lot of friend ships broken, less physical activites and more.

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.

To ...more

3 Religious Education

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.

You all hate learning religion but I bet you all celebrate Christmas. Which is Jesus’s birthday. Honestly why shouldn’t they teach religion in schools. Christmas and Easter are being taken away and not celebrated for what they truly are. The youth should know there’s no Santa Claus but there is god

I highly dislike this class. They tell you about their image about God, but in reality, God is who you chose to pray to and honor. God could be Jack Black. God could be (and most likely is) Rob Halford. and to quote Dio: "Good and Evil, God, the Devil, reside in each one of us. I don't have to go to a place to pray, [I can] pray inside myself, I can pray to whomever I want to and get the same results. I don't need to be told by a priest that I'm bad...who the hell are you to do that to me? Or to be told, here's God, and God's been nailed on a piece of wood. It's not the way I wanna think of life... In the end of the day, we all believe in the same thing, we've got a choice between good and evil. Make your choice" Dang, Dio sure is a legend.

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

If the class taught us how to write well and teach us proper grammar, this would be useful. But when the hell am I gonna need to analyze a poem?

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.

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

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

History encompasses a much broader area of study including Language, Sociology, psychology, culture, religion,geography, exploration, literature,etc... because it is an ongoing record backed by specialized scientists: archaeologists, geologists, linguists, sociologist, psychologists, etc... who track patterns and trends and discover sources and methods used by various people and what defined or expanded their boundaries to cultivate culture or dis-ban it. Not only is it fascinating, it also possesses more practical applications than most may expect: GPS anyone? Without the intersection of science and history (including geographers and early explorers who developed tools of innovation and navigation), you may not be holding a Smartphone in your hand.

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.

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!

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!

The Contenders
11 Problem-based learning

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

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.

just whats the point?

still called life

13 Gender Studies

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.

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.

Literally does not help you in any way whatsoever

14 Art

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..."

School’s depressing for me. Art was the only thing I looked forward when it came to school. Obviously people untalented and can’t draw voted for art. And honestly P.E deserves to be 1 there are other ways to stay fit than run around with sweaty students trying to catch a ball.

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

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?

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.

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

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

I ACTUALLY HAVE THIS CLASS GRAPHIC DESIGN AND I HATE IT

22 Economics

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

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 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...

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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