Top Ten Things People Should Have Learned in School, and Didn't

It's amazing the things adults still do not know. How did they graduate from grade school?

The Top Ten

1 The difference between your and you're

Your: Your is telling someone it's them (Your shoes are untied)
You're:Short for you are (You're big and chunky)
Get it right!

Reading through this site, people apparently do not appreciate the irony of writing "your so dum"

It's not that hard...

Your: Used when referring to something that belongs to you.

You're: Short for "you are".

Damn- a lot of people don't know this and it hurts every time they get it wrong.

2 Christopher Columbus did not discover America

The native americans had this place first. As a native american I hate having to learn that humans supposedly came from Asia, my culture believes that we were originally here always and it's offensive to be told that I am not correct

It all depends on exactly what your definition of "Discover" is.

If it is that an idea, concept, and specific location was brought back to what was [then] where events were being recorded and passed on in written form to our present day, then yes he did, and he deserves some credit for doing so.

Before Christobal Colon, there were any number of Portuguese Call of Duty fishermen, Viking explorers, lost Chinese scientific expeditions, and Egyptian papyrus fleets that were zig-zagging across the globe.

Before that, there were at lest two and perhaps three waves of human migration across the Bering Land Bridge.

The above has been taught for at least 60 years in school, so if you didn't hear it, its probably because you were high.

I'm not American, so correct me if I'm wrong.. Maybe the Finnish found America and told the French and the British Empire about the newfound land since the Finnish are not.. quietly capable of doing so.. That's what I heard

I'm thinking the ancestors of the people standing on the beach when Columbus arrived might have been there first.

3 Humans did not evolve from monkeys

Except that this is actually quite likely to be true. Much scientific evidence helps support the theory of evolution, (fossils, DNA samples, bone structures, etc). And for those of you thinking that because God exists, evolution can't be possible, have you ever thought about the possibility that maybe evolution was actually apart of God's process in making humanity?

I love when people say, "if people evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys", like it is some great revelation that disproves human evolution. Nobody who paid attention in class, or had a teacher who was any good, thinks that evolution theory means the family tree of human beings includes a chimpanzee.

Humans think that people evolve from monkeys because we share like 40% of there DNA or something, but rats share 90% of our DNA and we apparently didn't evolve from them. God created every living creature on Earth. Even though we can't see him we Christians KNOW he is there. It's simply called faith.

We came from some ape-like creature, then the universe or something was like, " Hey let's make this into a freaky animal that's unusually evolved, and lets see if they could do stuff with their brains." Then the Internet was born. God did not make us out of monkeys, you Neanderthals.

4 The difference between there, their and they're

There: Used when referring to "over there".

Their: Used when referring to something that belongs to them; it's theirs.

They're: Short for "they are".

I was an idiot to think that primary school would teach people this. Why don't 14 year olds don't know this?

Your and you're isn't a huge deal, but this one can change the course of a statement in great lengths.

There really is a difference, I promise. It's not a matter of preference.

5 Alot is not a word

Really? We'll if the word is used so much and people think it's an actual word then it must be classed as a word

I am still in elementary. We have learned all of these, except this one!

My English Teacher already said that a lot is not a word!

Every time someone does that, I mentally cringe so hard.

6 Do your research

It's amazing how much patently false stuff people believe. How much false information circulates on Facebook because people don't take the time to see if it is false before reposting. You wouldn't have gotten away with turning in a report in school where all your "facts" were things you heard other people say. You had to reference credible sources and cite them in a bibliography.

Remember that lesson as an adult so you don't look like an idiot for propagating stupid urban legends or spreading potentially harmful propaganda. Snopes.com... Bookmark it.

Oh, yeah, I hear you, folks. Loads of idiots who would come in to a test going "no idea what you're on about". Good reason for that. You're lazy, stupid, useless idiots.

That doesn't necessarily make them useless or stupid but yeah the concept is stupid.

If there are schools that don't teach this kind of stuff then I just don't even know what to say anymore

7 Africa is not a country

Along with the even more common misconception that America is a country, I've definitely encountered quite a few people who thought Africa was a country, and to tell the truth, I used to think it as well when I was little, but Africa is not a country, it's a continent. Same with America. The country is the United States, while America is the continent which the United States is in. The other continents are Asia, Europe, Antarctica, Oceania, and Australia.

More people are beginning to find out that this is wrong. However, I just feel disappointed in my generation when they say that Africa is a country. Africa has 1 billion people, and many distinct cultures. For example, you won't find a Zulu warrior in Morocco.

Who the heck thinks that Africa is a country instead of a continent?

Since my mom is from Liberia, I always knew Africa is not a country.

8 You don't use apostrophes to make a word plural

Apostrophes are often used in contractions or when referring to something that belongs to another person.

When writing a plural, you don't add an apostrophe before the 's'.

It's basic grammar that you should've learned in the second grade.

What? My teacher never told me that! I'm serious. They never told me...

It's so weird. Why do some person's do this?

I've never seen anyone do this.

9 Read the instructions

I always do this. The instructions may take you long to read, but it'll at least save time to fix it than figuring it out on your own. by the way, YouTube tutorials don't really count as instructions, the person could get something wrong in them, which will effect you too.

It's amazing how much stupid stuff people do and how much time they waste because they don't bother to read the words right in front of them.

My friend zack got a 10/25 on a test because he didn't read the instructions

10 Don't plagiarize

We were all taught to do our own work and not copy off of others. So why does everyone feel it is okay to steal the work of others? Quote people, sure, but give credit where credit is due.

In first grade a girl copied me every time we had a test.

I learned that it is illegal.

Like Einstein.

The Contenders

11 How to get a job

A lot of stuff on here they DO teach you in school but people don't care about it, or just forget it in general. But this one I agree with. There are a lot of people in this world who have graduated high school and college but still can't find a decent job.

Definitely more important than "how to find x".

This should be number 1

12 Tax preparation
13 You are not special

If everyone is special then we are all like each other. So no one's special - Unnamed Google User Remade

So you're saying that no one is special because everyone is special? That doesn't sound completely right

Everyone is special for their Looks, talents and personality, or is that unique...

Special => unique=strange => that one guy who no one hangs out with

Everyone is spiecial

14 How to pay a mortgage
15 What the gambler's fallacy is

Maybe people would make fewer stupid decisions of they had a better understanding of probability

16 Proofread what you have written

Or better yet, read what you have written out loud.

It happens all the time that when writing, people leave out words, change tense, create run on sentences, etc. Take a few extra minutes to proof read things after you have written them, even if it is just a Facebook post. It's worth the effort so you don't come off as being an idiot.

17 How to use a condom
18 Not all Asians are Chinese

I know right! And also that most chinese food restaurants are not authentic

Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, Indian, Arab, Malaysian, Singaporean people are all not Chinese.

19 Feel what you read
20 The difference between definitely and defiantly
21 How to do taxes

You need to know how to pay taxes in order to be able to live out on your own. More than you'll need to memorize the periodic table anyway...

22 How it will help them in life
23 WW2 did not start with the bombing of Pearl Harbor

Yeah, the bombing of Pearl Harbor was when America got involved in it. The actual war started in 1939, I know it had something to do with Hitler's rise in the Nazi party, but I can't remember the exact details.

It started by Germany invading Poland. I learned it in seventh grade.

Haven't they heard of Nazi Germany?!

24 Snuck is not a word, it's sneaked

It is, isn't it.

what about
we suck out?

25 Anger management

Anger can be unhealthy

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