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

In my music class we got to play the xylophone. It's way better to get an intuition for the musical stass. The recorder is kind of a dumb instrument to learn.

Out of all the blow instruments - slide whistle, tuba, sax, flute, etc. WHY THIS? I used to have a recorder and I couldn't understand a thing.

This was honestly SOO Useless. I played recorder in 3rd grade only and boy did I hate it. I always hated music class but when this came... I didn't bother to pratice that year. Its soooo squeaky and annoying. I would always come out with headaches. Unforchantly it wasn't opitional so I had to do it and my ears bleed for a while. :/ I still have tramumas for this too and I feel bad for all the 3rd Graders in my school that have to go through this. :/

I used to get holes on my fingers. My ears used to hurt, but lucky me...I ONLY HAD TO DO IT IN YEAR 2!. They told me to keep the recorder but I chucked it.

2 How to drop an egg without breaking it

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?

They should teach us how to fry eggs in different ways. Much better use of eggs.

So gross when the egg hits the pavement, somebody's gotta clean it up.

3 How to write in cursive

It's kind of a fun thing to learn in its own right, but the way it's forced on kids to write a particular way makes them hate writing their entire life.

My handwriting not in cursive sucks now that I type everything, I don't even have a pen around. Cursive is absolutely useless, I never used it except for when I'm trying to show how smart I am in front of younger kids, and it was only kinda useful back then.

If you can't write cursive letters, you can't write properly. So many kids & indeed adults too, print-write these days, and don't get me started on the way younger people hold their pen/biro/pencil.

Ya know all school is just all teachers just yelling your dreams away and bullies who beat the crap out of you and the teachers get made for no reason. Nun of what school teaches you is useful only like 2%

4 How to climb a rope

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.

I think learning how to climb a rope is wonderful! It builds endurance, strength, agility and EGO.

This is a useful skill if you are trying to survive for your life

5 How to use long division and long multiplication

I can't believe everyone over here is calling math "useless". Life rule: Just because you hate it does not mean it is useless. And the same people are gonna whine in the future saying that school didn't teach them anything lol.

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.

The thing with these things is that teachers don't know what direction their students want to go later on and need to somewhat prepare everyone. We had about 30 students in a class. 28 didn't need it, but 2 wanted to be physicists, and they will need it.

6 Memorizing The Periodic Table

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.

I actually did this. Maybe not all the little numbers and all that, but if you feed me a symbol, I can give you the name of the element. Easy stuff.

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.

The periodic table is helpful, but I don't feel like wanting to memorizing. Good thing my school didn't make us to do it.

7 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'll go to a volcano and erupt it by throwing baking soda in. Maybe that'll work.

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!

8 The first 25 digits of pi

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.

3.14blahblahblah wow who cares about the digits after the 5th that's when I get bored

9 Roman numerals

I will never go to Rome, probably so I won't need it

I ain't living in rome=roman numerals

Pfft this one's easy

Try to work out what this is: VIICMXII

10 How to find a book using the card catalogue system

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

Does anyone even read books anymore?

I never had to do this but my cousin did.

How does one find library book, again?

The Contenders
11 How to spell things on a calculator

I did this on a calculator on my own before. I like spelling Dat Boi in it. LOL

We can teach ourselves.

Umm... that's something students figure out themselves and joke about it... you (hopefully) don't actually learn that in class.

Easy. I like to spell boobies on the calc, lmao.

12 How to write geometric proofs

Ugh don't even remind me

Currently taking Geometry, and I also ABSOLUTELY hate it.

13 Reciting the states and capitals

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...

We don't care what the capital is for other places. If you go on travel, you can use a map.

My strong side. I know all flags, capitals and countries

14 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

15 How to use the Quadratic Formula
16 How to do the limbo

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

Mate I do dis at parties

ow hurts my back

17 Mental maths

There are Calculators on Phones!

I do that all the time

calculators on phones, we don't need our brains to do long divison ok

18 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.

19 How to sew

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?

well yeah I like sewing but I never got to take my project home

20 How to make objects out of boxes

When I was in first for valentines day we would have to make boxes for people to put the cards in ( who cares they make them in 5 seconds and you never get any good stuff)

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

21 The parts of a cell

Why do we need to know that?

mItOcHoNdRiA iS tHe pOwErHoUsE oF tHe cElL

22 How to find surface area
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