Most Pointless School Subjects

The Top Ten
1 P.E.

Something I've noticed about gym teachers is that they're either super fit and have visible muscles (even females), or they're super fat and have a very obvious belly bulge. There's no in between, your gym teacher is one of the 2 polar opposites.

Anyways, I'd rather be drawing or listening to music instead of wasting my energy on some random pointless exercise or wearing uncomfortably loose clothing and dying to be able to put my tight regular clothing back on at the end of class. And don't get me started on how I'm forced to uncover my left eye because I have to pin my hair up (including my side swept bangs) for this stupid class. Now I have to see my problems with both eyes instead of hiding myself behind my own hair and being in my own world.

I mean it's okay when we're doing swimming or badminton, but sometimes they mix our classes so bottom set is with top set, or girls are with boys. That does not make me feel good in anyway ad there are now people who constantly taunt others for not being able to do sports when in reality those kids aren't even doing anything themselves. They make the entire P.E. experience hell and that is why I hate P.E.

I wouldn't say PE is completely useless but I get what the people who dislike PE.

In my opinion none of the exercises/workouts are effective and won't really help you much. I more of do my own 30 minutes - 2 hours trainings/workouts at home for tennis.

I wouldn't say PE is helpful nor is it helpless.

Although I do find it fun at times.

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.

2 Algebra

Algebra is useless for 99% of people, including myself. I don't understand why schools force students to take this pointless class.

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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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 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.

3 Religious Education

Personally, I think religion is the dumbest class. First off you have to do double the work of another class and have tests that are worth 50% of your grade. Second, off they teach you the same stuff over and over again. And what if you don't follow God does that mean you are obligated to do so? And right essays and huge projects about him. Lastly, if you are in a religious school (like me) you have to do work that most other public schools don't have to and they make it so much of your grade to push religion to people, and if you are not good at it (like me lol) it makes your GPA skyrocket down even though you might have A's in every other class.

Religion is the most useless and boring class. As a religious believer. This class is pointless. They should teach us useful things about religion and how to increase our faith and worship God. They could save so many people from entering hell. And plus some people don't even believe in God. So if you force an aithiest to study about God even though they don't believe, then they will just hate religion even more. They should probably teach believers how to guide aithiests to believe in God. And they shouldn't give us exams and tests about it because religion and afterlife shouldn't be studied in a place where it's about to get a job.

Religious education? Its useless. I don't know what that is (since I live in a country which they yeet the religious education). But its is only useful for some random people to be 'popular' at a church or whatever (no offense to religious people by the way)

Utter waste of time, you might as well have Santa Clause Education to Tooth Fairy Education. I don't care that a bunch of people believe this, a bunch of people think the earth is flat! This is, in my book, the most pointless subject. It is social anthropology at best.

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 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

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.

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.

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 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...

Really it's a subject! More useless then dance

7 History

Honestly to me, this is the most useless subject and I feel like it just should be something you learn in college or when you know what job you want. There are so many jobs out there and very few involve the education of history. To me this subject is somewhat important but, I just don't get why we have to memorize everything, if I had a job that had history education needed, couldn't I just learn what I needed to learn that was in the job. I feel like this should be an elective. My opinion may be like this because of my teacher, (she gave us a 6-page review packet that was due in 2 days) but even my other History teacher was the same way so I don't know anymore.

History is important weather it is American, State, World, or Black you would be surprised as to how many millennials and gen z know nothing about any history. I have tried to show them things and I get "you can't believe anything you read on the internet", I would find it in an encyclopedia if I could find a set of those. Proving anything to them is impossible, I do not know where they get all their misinformation. History also helps in the understanding of government and economics and this is also an issue with our millennial and gen z.

This is pretty important actually, we don't want to repeat past events do we? That's what I thought. Not exactly the most useful, but certainly quite cool. I could quote Mein Kampf in 3rd grade. Give history a chance, I love it and you might not, but just give it a chance

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

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.

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!

If any subject needs to go, its this one. Science is useful for scientists, history is useful for historians, music is useful for musicians, etc. But latin is useful for NO ONE. it's a dead language. I get some kids want to know it so make it optional. We also have google translators so I hate language classes.

9 Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

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

10 Music

Well music use to be fun in my school till this random bald nerdy dude ruin the subject .He has been teaching for 4 years and he is the most hated teacher in school. Everyone was hating on him for his abusive teaching style like forcing us to play perfect like bruh it's not like everyone is born to be a musician. So there is classroom corridor and the music lesson is just beside my classroom. Every time all my classmates hear the other class students crying multiple times. He once drag my bestfriend for not playing well during subject :(. Since that happens I was about to report him for child abuse revenge for my best friend but yeah he got a bit lucky that a covid 19 lockdown happens just right in time when the day I was about to tell the principal. So there is classroom corridor and the music lesson is just beside my classroom. Every time all my classmates hear the other class students crying multiple times.(by the way sorry for the awful grammar )

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!

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.

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.

The Newcomers

? Geometry
The Contenders
11 Problem-based learning

Ummm in my class this is a follow up from reasoning, UK class just saying. So it's like Odd one out oh yes the others have a triangle and this one is a square. The snore of the week and the reason I no longer look forward to friday

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.

Should be part of all classes and not a class on it's own.

13 Gender Studies

Our school doesn't have this class, but as a feminine-presenting demigirl and a lesbian, I have to say that I can see the value of this class.

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.

A topical area of our time and not worth teaching until the hysteria around it settles.

14 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

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 don't get how P.E. is at number 1 and art isn't. Look at the facts, putting lines on a piece of paper opposed to getting physical education. People need physical education because how many overweight people we have in America. We also have a lot of stupid people in America which also includes for the people who voted P.E. for 1. Than people have the audacity to say Algebra is number 1. How do you people live with yourself? God.

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.

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?

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.

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!

Oh my god. This should be number one. I will never understand why colleges require foreign language for 2 years for admission. I know someone who took spanish to get into college and she doesn't remember ANYTHING about her classes.

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?

18 Handwriting

Look, I have had countinous enrollments in handwriting clubs in my school, extra attention in the classes, and.look at the progress. Progress equals 0. Once they set
holiday handwriting homework, the ones who had good handwriting and did it sepreate were penalised and the ones who did it bad and joined like me, were penalised for that

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.

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.

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.

19 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.

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.

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...

20 Latin American Studies

What? Should be part of a Social Anthropology class not a subject on it's own.

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

Eh, not bad but not good either.

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

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.

A career choice and not a subject. Should be reserved for University or higher education.

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

This is a career.

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.

23 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...

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.

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

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?

24 Pre-Algebra

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

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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