Things We Learned in School that are Now Useless

Remember in school when we had to write in cursive, make something out of a shoebox, or even how to climb a rope?
The Top Ten
1 How to play the recorder

I did this in 5th grade and never played it again. One of the most useless instruments ever, unless you are aspiring to do it like some YouTubers play songs on the recorder, or even a clarinet like Squidward!

This is one of the most useful things I have every learnt! I love playing my recorder every day while aslpeep, it helps with my breathing since I sometimes forget (haha). I can play the top levels songs such as twinkle twinkle, and the g scale (but only half!). Hope I get better one day, I've been playing for 87 years

When I was learning this in 3rd grade, it made me feel cool or something. Now, I cannot stand the screeching sound of it. Flute is a lot better.

I personally never played the recorder, but the other students in my grade did (don't ask) I think I remember the recorder being very squeaky sounding...Also I thought it could be used for something until I learned that it doesn't even help in learning instruments like the flute

2 How to drop an egg without breaking it

Most useless subject ever. How will you do this? That is also a waste of eggs and it is very gross, and someone will have to clean it up.

This one's actually important because it's the context that matters: to wear a helmet. But seeing this at #3, I'm no longer surprised why teens still cycle without helmet and break their life.

What the... in what class did you learn that, for what reason and how did it fit into the context of the subject?

Insanely useful skill. One day I dropped my egg, but I did on accident so it still broke. Next time I will do it on purpose

3 How to write in cursive

If someone's handwriting is actually readable, that's all I'd care about. And besides, I have a harder time reading CURSIVE than a doctor's handwriting!

Writing in cursive also means you can easily read things written in cursive. If you're studying history, then it becomes useful when reading old documents or letters becomes a necessity. I personally find it as an advantage for writing signatures and such. While it is still important in other countries where there is less technology, I can understand why people find it useless if they do not put it into use, but most forget that writing in cursive improves motor skills—which in this case isn't "useless".

I remember when people could read my writing, but now I don't remember how to write in anything but cursive and it looks like I've scribbled all over my book. cursive, please stop existing. nobody can read you.

I learned cursive in 5th grade, and I really disliked it. I was so hard to remember how to write letters (That I could write perfectly fine) in a completely new form that I can barely read

4 How to climb a rope

But that can be useful in some situations, because in a lot of movies, characters go into action and climb on a rope, but if they fail, they fall to their deaths. Imagine having that same experience, because it is not easy to survive in a movie.

Gym is literally the useless class for me and others too. All I do in gym is try not to be killed with flying basketballs by stupid boys. I got hit in the leg and my arm this school year, nobody gave a crap neither...

Sports class... I hated it and always failed. But it actually is useful to know how to climb in case you are in danger and have to flee from somewhere quickly.

This is actually useful during an emergency where you have to go down (or up) using the rope when there is fire...

5 Memorizing The Periodic Table

It may be useless, but knowing words like "rubidium" and "rhenium" and "australium" and "rutherfordium" and "jerktonium" and "curium" makes me feel smort.

Gladly we hadn't had to memorize and could just use the printed table for tests. Chemists can use one too, but they have to somewhat know it by heart, because they need the elements a lot and it takes some time to look everything up every few seconds.

Biology, chemistry, and history is memorization(of course history is by far more than either, chemistry and biology do take some understanding), physics and math is understanding.

In practice you'll always have a periodic table to reference, and important values you'll memorise naturally through practice. The only people who benefit from memorising the table of elements is teachers who want to make tests.

6 The first 25 digits of pi

I would usually use just 3.14 for finding area of circles, so yeah I kind of agree, memorization gets you about no where for math, and 25 digits is really not that impressive either.

Why would we need to know this? When are we going to go to a shop and wonder what are the frickin first 25 digits of pi? We have Google and the internet to ask that.

Impractical, but an alright way to impress people. Although I don't know if people have to memorize more than a few digits.

Only useful when you're trying to prove you're a math genius, otherwise absolutely useless.

7 How to use long division and long multiplication

This is basic math. Sometimes calculaters are not big enough to fit a whole bunch of numbers and you have to do it on paper, also it is easy to mistype on a calculator and you won't always have it with you.

I say, that even though I HATE math, learning to do this stuff is important. However, in real life, your boss won't be like: "ShOw Me YoUr WoRk" and then count you out if you don't. I real life, people use calculators, or other forms. Like my dad uses Xcel to do quick math. I real life, you boss just wants the answer. He/she doesn't care how you got the answer as long as its right

Trust me, when you get into college or at the very least, a college-level class in high school or a community college program, you're GOING to want to memorize this for tests even if you've long forgotten it prior to taking the classes. I know this because I took a math class for my Career and College Promise Program and we had to do an entire lesson on it and practice at home online to memorize the formulas.

We have calculators. Teachers say you don't always have one. Then I will carry around multiple or use my phone. It's worse for my youngest bro because he has to do it the partial way. Poor him.

8 How to find a book using the card catalogue system

Does anyone even read books anymore?

I never had to do this but my cousin did.

Didn't learn it, didn't need it.

Its best to read a book, but buy them, not take them from the library

9 How to make the most amazing erupting volcano

I have seen that in so many American high school movies and series. Can somebody explain this to me? Why this is taught in American schools, what subjects it belongs in and how it became a thing?

I won 1st place for this thing and I was so confused it was some foamy liquid and a huge..ok just stop teaching this!

Teach us how to dodge a volcano instead. Don't give us a worksheet though.

The Mirage volcano in Vegas is the most amazing erupting volcano EVER!

10 How to write geometric proofs

Ugh don't even remind me

This is hell on earth

The Contenders
11 How to spell things on a calculator

They teach you how to spell things on a calculator, and then don't even let you USE the calculator. Like, WHAT. THE. HECK.

We can teach ourselves.

12 How to do the limbo

We can learn it ourselves. School is for preparing you to get a good job

13 Roman numerals

We already have to deal with algebra, why replace our numbers with letters!

Excuse me? But I made a word quiz for the grade where we start learning Roman numerals

It's pretty good for lawyering tho.

Pfft this one's easy

14 Learning about William Shakespeare
15 Reciting the states and capitals

If you really need to know them, you'd have gone and learned them for yourself. What good does it do to me, especially when we have the Internet at our fingertips, to know that the capital of Montana is Helena? We invented Google for a reason, so let's be reasonable and actually go use it for once.

This should be common knowledge in times of wide global communications (I mean, we have at least 3 nationalities alone commentating on this list) and although I am horrible in Geography, this is by far the most useful item on this list.

I literally know all 50 states of the US and their capitals off the top of my head. Don't know what to use it for though...

Alright I agree with this one, I really don't get why people focus so much on memorization but not understanding.

16 Mental maths

There are Calculators on Phones!

I do that all the time

17 How to use the Quadratic Formula

I personally think that math is important, not just because I study it, and it's used a lot in science, but it develops people's critical thinking skills.

What the heck is that

18 The parts of a cell

This is normal, basic biology. It is helpful to have a bit more knowledge about what makes up life.

Why do we need to know that?

19 Reading a clock with hands

Do we really need to be able to read a hand clock when we can learn from a normal clock that says the time in standard form?

20 Reciting the preamble to the U.S. Constitution

We didn't learn anything about our constitution. But it would have been a great thing to base political debates on. Especially because such papers constantly need to be reworked to fit our modern society.
Points for US school system.

Dumb nationalism. The constitution is meant to be a living document, not a dogma kids have to recite.

Worse for you if you hate presenting.

21 How to dissect an animal

In Science class, I dissected a chicken wing. And in the next month, I dissected a frog. This is one of the most disgusting things I had to do in Science, also that is considered animal abuse.

It's also called animal abuse. Animal bodies aren't the same as ours. So basically schools are promoting more animal abuse.

Unless your career is in torturing animals, this is useless.

At least I never had to do this.

22 How to sew

You can either teach yourself or have your mother, grandmother or any other female relative teach you, but we ain't gonna have the teach show you.

Fun, but really kids should be learning more abstract things in school, I feel. They will learn things like sewing by themselves anyway.

What about going to a party or something and you have a rip in your pants?

This can be useful in some cases, it isn't completely useless.

23 How to find the area of a shape or object

Just no use in the real world unless you are the one who creates the plan for building construction

24 How to make objects out of boxes

Sure, we don't need to know that, but I think it was pretty fun.

25 Learning about George Washington

I don't care about history. Why do I care what some idiot did 200 years ago? It's not my problem anymore. Columbus went to North America and thought it was Asia? Great?! Why do I care? Washington was the first president? Okay, fine. Sure. Amazing. WHATEVER. All I really care about is the current president. History is a complete waste of time. If you become a historian, it's your JOB to relearn that history. So why do the rest of us need to know that so and so fought a pointless war on January 15, so and so year?

USELESS. When's the last time you used this, or any history, in your life? If you did use it, was it worth the some 2 thousand hours you spent learning history?

Schools say that they prepare us for the future. If that's so then why do they teach us about the past!

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