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 write in cursive

Only important for your first and last name. Other than that, it’s pointless.

I still write most of my handwritings in cursive, it's easier and faster for me because you don't have to lift your pen every letter and don't have to write as strictly. The problem is mostly that only I can read it. - Martin_Canine

Apparently, it helps you write faster in essays. Even though you technically have to write more.

I love cursive that I write my signature my first name in cursive - Kevinsidis

2 How to play the recorder

My ears still hurt - SirSheep

I hated this so much - BreakFastBeast2005

LMAO I had to this in 3rd and 4th grade. - DarkBoi-X

What’s that again? - Randomator

3 How to drop an egg without breaking it

Egg drops are fun though. - PhoenixAura81

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

Waste of an egg. Waste of time. At least it's better than tests. - DumbWays2DieFan

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

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4 How to climb a rope

I never did this in gym before. - PhoenixAura81

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. - Martin_Canine

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

5 How to use long division and long multiplication

We have calculators!

Can be useful at times - Randomator

Wrong this is actually necessary. - DarkBoi-X

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. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

6 How to make the most amazing erupting volcano

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

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? - Martin_Canine

I'll go to a volcano and erupt it by throwing baking soda in. Maybe that'll work. - mattstat716

Teach us how to dodge a volcano instead. Don't give us a worksheet though. - DumbWays2DieFan

7 How to find a book using the card catalogue system

Does anyone even read books anymore? - Randomator

Who needs this when everything's ONLINE?

How does one find library book, again? - mattstat716

I never had to do this but my cousin did. - DumbWays2DieFan

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8 Memorizing the periodic table

Unless you are going into a career involving science then it’s pretty pointless - Randomator

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. - Martin_Canine

Most of the world doesn't use it. Real chemists put a periodic table on the wall to refer to. They don't memorize it. - DumbWays2DieFan

I only know Lithium because of evanescence lol.

9 Memorizing the preamble to the US constitution

Worse for you if you hate presenting. - DumbWays2DieFan

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. - Martin_Canine

10 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. - Martin_Canine

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... - Phillip873

We don't care what the capital is for other places. If you go on travel, you can use a map. - DumbWays2DieFan

Google Maps has this taken care of. - mattstat716


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 - PhoenixAura81

We can teach ourselves. - DumbWays2DieFan

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

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

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12 Writing geometric proofs

Currently taking Geometry, and I also ABSOLUTELY hate it.

Hun? - PhoenixAura81

Ugh don't even remind me - Randomator

13 How to do the limbo

We can learn it ourselves. School is for preparing you to get a good job - DumbWays2DieFan

14 Memorizing the first 25 digits of pi
15 Finding out an area of a shape/object

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

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