Things You Learned in School But Never Used Again in Life–Ever!

Unless you are preparing to be a contestant on Jeopardy!, there are some things that you had to study in school that you will never encounter again post-graduation AKA Real Life.


Things You Learned in School But Never Used Again in Life--Ever! by Being A Wordsmith


1. Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus

Really? High school was difficult enough without having to suffer through 4 years of Math classes that fried my brain over and over.




The thing that gets my goat is that I have never had to figure out if a triangle was isosceles, scalene, or equilateral since early 1990. In fact, I had to Google those three types just to complete this post. And I have not picked up a protractor since that time either. Except to toss it out when I saw it in a pile of old stuff as I moved out of my parents’ house. 


2. Dissecting a frog

OK, I cheated a little on this one.




I elected to take ISCS Science (Intermediate Science Curriculum Study) in Middle School instead of Life Science to make certain that I NEVER had to look at a dead frog split open on my desk. We did problem solving way-over-my-head-thank-God-I-had-a-smart-lab-partner lab experiments. Therefore, I did not have the autopsy experience. BUT…the ridiculousness still stands. Have you had to dissect a frog or any other animal since you were in school? I have not counted any medical researchers among the demographics for my readers, so I am going to go out on a limb here and say…NO, you didn’t.  


3. Types of Dinosaurs

T-Rex, Triceratops, Brachi–what? Don’t get me started on the various arguments about whether or not dinosaurs actually existed.




Please explain to me why it is important that we know each one of these oversized creatures by name and origin. Oh, I know why! So I could explain it to my young son when he played with small, plastic likenesses of them–in PURPLE and ORANGE. 

I could go on and on with this list, but I think I’ll stop here. For now. I see a Part Two in my blogging future.


See ya later,



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