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Redundant School Skills That Are Needlessly Useless and Should Stop Being Taught

In a delightful trip down memory lane, our collective educational follies are laid bare in this list of school-taught tasks that seem to vanish in utility once we enter adulthood. From the sweeping loops of cursive writing to the periodic table serenades, we’ve compiled views from various individuals who share the whimsical realization of how little they apply to our daily lives. So, buckle up and prepare for a dose of nostalgia mixed with a dash of present-day pragmatism.

Cursive Writing

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Once heralded as a hallmark of education, cursive writing now seems like an ancient script. In an age where keyboards rule, the loops and swirls of cursive are rarely seen outside historical documents. Teachers insisted it was essential for brain development, but most adults find little use for it beyond signing their names. “Cursive was supposed to be faster, but typing has definitely taken the lead,” remarks an online commenter.

Memorizing State Capitals

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The memorization of state capitals was a staple in geography classes. It’s knowledge that fades quickly after the test is over, only to be Googled when needed. Knowing that Harrisburg is the capital of Pennsylvania is hardly a conversation starter. Most will agree that understanding regions’ cultural and social dynamics is far more valuable.

The Periodic Table Songs

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Chemistry classes introduced the periodic table with catchy tunes, hoping to make the elements stick in our minds. While understanding elements is crucial, few can recall the songs or the order of elements after school. These mnemonics are only useful if you pursue a career in science. “The only element I remember is Au because it’s the ‘gold’ standard of all these songs,” quips an online commenter.

Advanced Algebra

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Advanced algebra equations were the bane of many students’ high school years. Few professions outside of specific STEM fields require knowledge of how to solve for x in complex equations. While it teaches problem-solving skills, the specific formulas are often forgotten. Real-world applications are, for most, surprisingly limited.

Diagramming Sentences

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English class was often a mix of literature and the technicalities of language, including the intricate art of diagramming sentences. It’s a method that breaks down sentence structure in a visual way, but it’s rarely if ever, used outside of the classroom. The skill seems redundant with the rise of grammar-checking software. Emphasis on effective communication is key, not the parsing of sentence parts.

The Quadratic Formula

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Reciting the quadratic formula is a high school rite of passage. Yet, for many, the quadratic formula is a mathematical relic that never comes up in daily life. Solving quadratic equations is essential for certain careers but doesn’t hold much weight in general adulting. “I’ve never once used the quadratic formula after graduation,” states an online commenter.

Memorizing Poems

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Memorizing poems was a classic way to appreciate literature, but it is a rare person who finds themselves reciting poetry in their daily lives. While it’s important to appreciate the arts, the act of memorization often overshadows the deeper understanding of literary works. Poems are to be enjoyed and reflected upon, not memorized and forgotten.

Dissecting Frogs

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Biology classes often culminate in the dissection of a frog to understand anatomy. This hands-on experience is meant to foster a deeper understanding of life sciences, but for those not pursuing this field, it’s a squeamish memory at best. Alternative virtual dissection programs now offer a less messy—and more humane—option. The practice is increasingly questioned for its educational value versus its ethical implications.

The Dewey Decimal System

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Libraries were once the gateways to knowledge, with the Dewey Decimal System as the key. In today’s digital world, search engines and digital catalogs have made this system less relevant. Librarians are more likely to assist with online research than with card catalogs. “I used to be a wizard at finding books with Dewey. Now I just use a search bar,” shares an online commenter.

Long Division

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Long division is a detailed process taught with meticulous care in math classes. Yet, calculators and software do the job instantly and with less room for error. The method was once a necessity, but today, it’s largely obsolete in everyday life. Understanding the concept is one thing; laboriously dividing is another.

Identifying Rocks and Minerals

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Geology units in science class had students identifying various rocks and minerals, a skill seldom called upon later in life. Unless one becomes a geologist, the difference between igneous and sedimentary rocks is not pressing information. It’s a topic that can spark interest in the natural world but holds little practical application for most.


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Trigonometry is the study of angles and the relationships between the sides of triangles. It’s vital for fields like architecture and engineering, but for the average person, SOHCAHTOA remains a mysterious acronym. We’re taught that it’s a cornerstone of mathematics, yet its day-to-day usefulness is questionable. “I can’t remember the last time I had to calculate a cosine,” an online commenter muses.

Memorizing the Presidents

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Social studies classes often require the memorization of U.S. presidents in order. While it’s a fun party trick, it’s hardly practical knowledge. The focus could shift to the impact of their policies rather than the sequence of their service. Understanding historical context is far more beneficial than chronological memorization.

Making Papier-Mâché Volcanoes

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The creation of papier-mâché volcanoes for science fairs is a childhood staple. It’s an exciting way to demonstrate a volcanic eruption, but as an educational tool, its value is limited. The mess and fuss of creating these models rarely translate into a deeper understanding of geological processes. Hands-on learning is invaluable, but there are more effective methods available.

The Types of Clouds

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Learning the different types of clouds seemed like a gateway to understanding the weather. However, with weather apps and forecasts at our fingertips, distinguishing cumulus from cirrus is rarely necessary. It’s another example of a school subject that’s more trivia than practical knowledge. “I look at clouds for their beauty, not their classification,” says an online commenter.

Reading Analog Clocks

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The ability to read analog clocks was once considered a fundamental skill. With digital time displays ubiquitous, the analog clock is becoming an artifact. Schools spent hours teaching students to read them, but now, a quick glance at a phone gives the time without the need for translation. Time-telling has evolved beyond clock faces.

Reciting the Periodic Table

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Students often spend hours memorizing the periodic table element by element. While it’s the foundation of chemistry, for those not in the field, it’s seldom used. Understanding chemical reactions is important, but rote table memorization isn’t. The periodic table is more than a list to be recited; it’s a tool for scientific discovery.

Learning Latin

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Latin, the language of the Romans, is taught for its historical significance and its help in understanding the roots of English vocabulary. However, as a “dead language,” speaking it is practically nonexistent. Knowledge of Latin phrases and roots can be enriching but isn’t considered a necessary skill. The language remains academic, not conversational.

Understanding Iambic Pentameter

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Shakespeare’s works introduced students to the rhythm of iambic pentameter. While it’s a vital component of classic literature, its application in modern writing is rare. Appreciating the Bard’s genius doesn’t necessitate writing in his style. “I love Shakespeare, but iambic pentameter hasn’t been relevant since high school,” an online commenter notes.

The Food Pyramid

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Nutrition education in school often centered around the Food Pyramid, which has since been replaced by updated dietary guidelines. The pyramid was a simplistic view of nutrition that didn’t account for individual nutritional needs. It’s more important to understand the principles of a balanced diet than to adhere to a one-size-fits-all model. Nutritional science has made the Food Pyramid a thing of the past.

Writing in Ink

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Students were often required to write in ink, which was seen as more formal and permanent than a pencil. With the rise of digital documents, the insistence on ink needs to be updated. Corrections and revisions are a natural part of writing, and the digital world is more forgiving of errors. The permanence of ink is less a virtue and more a hindrance in the modern age.

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