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 have sensitive ears and my ears would get super sore and sometimes bleed, when I told my mm she was able to pull me out of the class

This must have just been busy work and for the school to make a little extra money making the parents buy recorders.

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.

I still have traumas for this...It was so painful to play it in front of 20+ students, and what was worse, I sucked.

My ears bleed and my hands still cringe to touch one. My eyes hurt to look at one

2 How to write in cursive

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.

I disagree, writing in cursive is important if you want to confirm something with your name, also to read it.

I always forget and who cares how fancy my handwriting is it hurts my hand and I quit when I forgot how to do a

now I can't stop writing in cursive and I hate it, we had HANDWRITING BOOKS to practice writing in a handwriting which we all don't want to

3 How to drop an egg without breaking it

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

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

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

Egg drops are fun though.

4 How to climb a rope

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

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

5 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?

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

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

6 How to use long division and long multiplication

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.

No, I actually think it's quite useful. Say you need to work something out but don't have a calculator-

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.

Wrong, this is actually necessary.

We have calculators!

7 Memorizing The Periodic Table

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.

Memorizing is not the same as understanding and knowing, this is why I hate school.

waste of time, plus u gonna forget it anyways unless u going to medical school or science skl

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.

8 The first 25 digits of pi

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

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

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

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 pie, we got google and the internet to ask that

9 Roman Numerals

I will never go to Rome, probably so I want need it

I ain't living in rome=roman numerals

No use

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?

Who needs this when everything's ONLINE?

I never had to do this but my cousin did.

The Contenders

11 How to spell things on a calculator

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

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

We can teach ourselves.

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

12 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

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.

Google Maps has this taken care of.

14 Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492
15 Writing geometric proofs

Currently taking Geometry, and I also ABSOLUTELY hate it.


Ugh don't even remind me

16 Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell

The neclous tells the cell what to do and where to go .The Cell Wall keeps the bad guys out of the cell

what is that

17 Mental Maths

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

There are Calculators on Phones!

18 How to do the limbo

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

ow hurts my back

19 Memorizing the preamble to the U.S. Constitution

Worse for you if you hate presenting.

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.

20 Sewing

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

21 Poetry
22 Pluto isn't a planet

Scientists have evidence that this might actually be wrong. Water was found on Pluto.

This Pluto-planet or no planet thing is useful! this changes like every week!

who cares

23 Algebra

I hate algebra, I'm learning it and honseltly I can't imagine having to work with it when I'm older

24 Trigonometry

I have 1 single question for any teacher: Do you enjoy torture?

25 How to find surface area
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