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

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.

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

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

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%

Oh god, please don't get me started! I hated doing this, we had those handwriting notebooks with the lines in them and instructions on how to write in cursive. Total hell.

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

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.

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.

Hot tip - Hating mathematics doesn't mean it's useless.

6 Memorizing The Periodic Table

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.

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.

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

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.

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

The Newcomers

? Quadratic Formula

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11 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?

12 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.

13 Writing geometric proofs

Ugh don't even remind me

Currently taking Geometry, and I also ABSOLUTELY hate it.

14 Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492
15 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

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 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

18 Mental Maths

There are Calculators on Phones!

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

19 Memorizing 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.

Worse for you if you hate presenting.

20 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!

21 Trigonometry

I never understood it and never will. This is coming from someone who enjoys math. I like math, but not trig.

Trigonometry is one of the most painful things I have ever learned.

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

22 Sewing

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

23 Algebra

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

College, Lord-Burrito. All this awaits you in college. Maybe even a little earlier.

24 Poetry
25 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)

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