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 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...

I did in financial maths, but it was more of the basic stuff.

2 Christopher Columbus did not discover America

The native Americans got there first, and then you had the Vikings who visited Canada. Columbus is important because he started modern colonisation, which is not really something to celebrate.

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

3 How to be smart with money

If we learned this there would be a lot less money issues

4 How to pay a mortgage
5 How to trade stock
6 Calculate budgets
7 Tax preparation
8 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.

9 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.

10 How it will help them in life

Even in abstract subjects like Math it's important to give kids a broad view of what it'll help them do later on. Teachers are lazy and just skip this so they can get to things that'll be on the test.

The Contenders
11 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.

12 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.

13 How to farm and grow crops

my mom was born on a farm in Ohiio and she learned to how to grow crops such as flowers to food to herbs and even panio and how to feed animals like cows sheep and chickens so it can be useful to have a farmer and gardner in your family

Not everyone is going to grow food and be a farmer but it is interesting learning how to grow some of your own food.

We don't need this unless we want to become a farmer!

14 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.

I guess people must get confused with the African country, South Africa.

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

15 Do your research

The "research skills" I learned at school amounted to nothing more than looking something up on Wikipedia. Please teach students to rigorously explore a subject by themselves, read academic papers, and so on... Also teach them that all sources are biased and need to be engaged critically.

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.

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

16 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.

17 Read the instructions

When you want to cook something you need to pay very close attention to Instuctions , you should learn Instructions eitherwise you will have a serious car crash !

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

18 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.

It is very important to get a job either wise you won't have money to spend on holiday , birthday gifts , I used to have jobs like I used to work at Sprial press and Eddie Beaur that is until the covid scare of course

Definitely more important than "how to find x".

This should be number 1

19 Knowledge is not the accumulation of facts
20 You are not special

You are special , special , everyone is special everyone is special in his or her own way oh you are special, special everyone is special , this is what I learned from Barney the Dinosaur . Its very important to learn that you are special at a young age

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

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

21 Not all Asians are Chinese

Look at all these Asia countries. Not including Russia, for some reason. Also, New Zealand is part of Oceania.

"India, Pakistan, Burma, Afghanistan, Thailand, Nepal, and Bhutan, Kampuchea, Malaysia, then Bangladesh, Asia, and China, Korea, Japan. Mongolia, Laos, and Tibet, Indonesia, the Phillippine Islands, Taiwan. Sri Lanka, New Guinea, Sumatra, New Zealand, then Borneo and Vietnam."

-Yakko Warner

Edit: I'm aware of the song's many flaws and there's probably something wrong with the part I typed up

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.

asians are not chinese because american people would hat that

22 Anger management

This is a serious thing to learn , never take your anger out on anyone it is disrepectful and rude and mean and even terrible thing to do . trust me I been there !

Anger can be unhealthy

23 Identity protection
24 What the gambler's fallacy is

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

25 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.

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