A majority of Americans wish they had learned more about personal finance while in school. A survey by H&R Block found that 57 percent of respondents wish they had learned about money management and budgeting while in high school and 84 percent said there are things they learned in school that they have never had to use in real life.
The Top 10 Useless Things Americans Say They Learned in School:
- Pythagorean theorem -- 48%
- Knowing PI is 3.14 -- 40%
- Periodic table -- 40%
- The types of rocks -- 37%
- The difference between protons, neutrons, and electrons -- 37%
- Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell -- 35%
- Naming the presidents in order -- 35%
- Osmosis -- 32%
- How to make paper snowflakes -- 30%
- Photosynthesis -- 30%
- Money management and budgeting -- 57%
- How to properly do taxes -- 44%
- How to manage emotional/mental wellbeing -- 42%
- Understanding credit and student loans -- 39%
- How to negotiate -- 39%
- Time management -- 35%
- Household repairs -- 34%
- How to make conversation/personal relationship skills -- 33%
- Car repair and maintenance -- 31%
- How to find a job -- 30% (SWNS)
I think making paper snowflakes is a great skill to have. Cheap holiday decorating. Know rocks helps with picking out jewelry. Knowing the presidents in order helps with time frame references and know who make who mad. But everything else pretty useless.
I wish I took a class on everything on the second list and passed with flying colors.