Students Share The Most Useless Piece Of Information They Were Ever Taught In School


I knew I'd never use that crap again.

Everything we're taught in school is not going to be used. If any high schoolers and college people read this.... don't tell your parents, but I won't lie to you.... deep down they already know. There is so much information thrown at us along the course of life, you can trust there are a few things here and there you can toss to the side. Schooling is on overload. It's just part of the process. Luckily when we're older we can sift through the noise.

Redditor u/iutisteli wanted to hear about the things we learned along the road of education that proved to maybe not have been worth the time by asking.... Students of Reddit, what is the most useless piece of information that you've been taught at school?

Don't badger me....


Badgers will bite your legs until they hear a crack, so put pine cones in your boots.

I was told this almost every time we had a field trip to the woods. I was convinced badgers would be a constant danger my whole life.

To this day, I've only ever seen a single badger and he kept his.



Recently I was in college calculus class. My instructor (math PhD student) looked at a lesson. He said "you will never use this, but I'm required to teach it so we will do the homework in class and I will make sure it's not on the test." This guy is awesome. He was my TA in college algebra and tutored me some in pre-calc. Also the zoom meetings are only 30 people and he knows everyone in the class so they're really chill.


Out the windows....

I once spent a whole 5 hour lesson learning to delete a file folder and create a file folder on Windows 7 during a trade school course I paid 25k to go to.


In 6th grade we spent a full hour learning about copy and paste because someone came in and said we had to. Even my teacher was disappointed. We all were super peeved at him and the work. My teacher never made us touch that assignment again.


Write it Off!!


Every year I was taught that teachers next year will only take work in cursive.


Funny, my college physics teacher explicitly told us "IF YOU WRITE YOUR ESSAY BY HAND, USE PRINT!"


waiting until next year....

Every year the teachers like to put the idea in our head that we are behaving horribly and "next year you'll be a grade -insert- literally ANY grade- and you teachers wont be a lenient!" Turns out thats a lie and as you get older if you don't mature enough to stop pulling bull in class the teacher will literally either ignore you, joke WITH you, or kick you out because its high school and you aren't their kid. Not scream at you like all our teachers did when we were younger.



the tongue map. It's false, and they still teach it after more than 20 years.


I have a conspiracy theory that the tongue map was a society-wide psychology experiment to see if people, presented with a patently false and easily-disprovable premise, would still accept it instead of experimenting on their own.


Venice at Night. 

Middle school. With the French teacher. The only thing I actually learned from her was that when she was a kid she took chocolate in foil from the butcher and that she liked the houses of Venice at night.


I had two teachers in elementary school that would make us watch slideshows of pictures from the vacations they took together to Washington DC and random places. Not sure that was on the state tests or anything lol.



You'll write all of your college papers in MLA format so learn it and learn it well...

Get to college and it's APA format or GTFO.


Or Chicago. Throughout college I only used MLA for writing class freshman year and an English class I took senior year.


'building stones'

I got taught about the bystander effect by the story of Kitty Genovese. Long story short, she got stabbed, droves of people saw and nobody did anything. Conclusion: bystander effect.

it was only later that I learned much about it was plain wrong.

There was at least one call to the police, someone came out to help the victim, a lot less people saw it happened than what the media portrayed etc etc.

Really, a lot of those 'building stones' of psychology are probably way less clear-cut than they are portrayed in first year psychology textbooks.


(at the bank)


How to write a formal job-application by hand as "she had to do it that way so we have to learn it that way as well!".

We kinda got revenge though.... She (teacher) also organized job interview training with a big bank here and we could ask them questions afterwards. Someone openly asked the guy (at the bank) if that method is still done or needed and he openly said no, the percentage of companies wanting such an applications is near 0 so it's pretty much neither taught nor needed anymore.

Oh boy, her look...... let's say she wasn't happy about us asking.

Edit: She did say nothing, she just looked really angry at us... like if looks could kill, we'd all have died immediately. (Side note: since she never admitted that she was wrong we also never learned the correct way from her).

Edit 2: To explain that a little... Here in normal job applications you usually mainly have some kind of career resume in key notes like "1999 - 2004 [name of school]" and so on. Just notes about yourself, your career and some side infos regarding the job you apply for. SHE meanwhile taught us how to handwrite a full application in whole sentences including the working history and details of your parents....



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