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5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by marveangel(m): 6:28pm On May 04
This is a list of things we learnt in secondary school that are not applicable in real life or have become totally obsolete maybe due to advance in technology or maybe they weren't as practical in real life as our teachers tried to make us believe.

1. Quadratic Formula (Almighty Formula)
The very first time I heard those words "Almighty Formula" I was in primary school, my elder brothers were arguing about some maths problem and they mentioned Almighty Formula I was like wow there is a formula in maths that is Almighty I bet with this formula I can solve any math problem I ever came across. I mean it is after all "Almighty" . Spoiler! there is nothing Almighty about the quadratic formula it is actually just another method of solving quadratic equations.




2. How to use long division and long multiplication
I remember my mathematics teacher shaming us and acting as though our whole brian was filled with saw dust just because one couldn't do any of this. But look at us today, we have the mobile phone and calculators I don't think I've been in any situation where I needed to use the long division I learnt or should I say forced to learn.



3. Memorizing The Periodic Table
Believe it or not back in secondary school SS1 first term to be precise I actually memorized the entire elements in the periodic table, all 104 of them over the weekend by break on Monday I had become something of a legend. Accompanied by my two closest friends I went from SS1 A to D mesmerizing other students with my "knowledge". I was the centre of attraction, each student with their Ababio textbook staring at the periodic table while I recited each element accordingly. By the end of the week I was something of a legend everybody was talking about me, even the seniors. But come month end even I could barely remember the first 30 elements accordingly and the legend fizzled into thin air. Unless you ended up studying chemistry I mean advance chemistry you'll probably would find memorizing the periodic table a complete waste of time, especially those rare elements not like you can got to ShopRite and order 2 kilos of Uranium.



4. Roman Numerals
Yeah yeah you could argue that you still make list using them, I understand that, but how often do you use Roman numerals, unless you are a class teacher teaching the same old things we were thought back them to some innocent students you probably never made a list longer than 10 with Roman numerals that's if you even do. Tell me I'm wrong.



5. Longitude and Latitude
I Know it seems like I have something against geography but I don't, my geography teacher was a fun guy back in the days but let's be real here, how many times have you had to use your knowledge of longitude and latitude in real life scenerio( unless you are a pilot or a ship captain,in that case - ah ya captain) and this thing called Google maps actually made that knowledge obsolete.



Bonus; Morning Assembly
As far as I'm concerned this is a complete waste of 1-2 hours every morning, why couldn't we just get to school and go straight to class why do we have to stand and sing, dance (principal sir I already endure 2 hours of morning devotion at home before coming to school) and then of course March to class. I never understood the essence especially the marching to class part. But if you do kindly enlighten me.



Well there you have it ladies and gentlemen top 5 things we learnt in secondary school that I believe are not applicable in real life or are now obsolete. Feel free to add yours and if there is anyone you do not agree with kindly let me know.

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Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by Sirkingsnado: 6:30pm On May 04
They ar nt useles ur country is

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Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by ukaface(f): 9:02pm On May 04
That longitude and latitude topic use to turn my head and eyes

Inshort geometry was one aspect of maths I hated.

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Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by bukatyne(f): 9:25pm On May 04
marveangel:
This is a list of things we learnt in secondary school that are not applicable in real life or have become totally obsolete maybe due to advance in technology or maybe they weren't as practical in real life as our teachers tried to make us believe.

1. Quadratic Formula (Almighty Formula)
The very first time I heard those words "Almighty Formula" I was in primary school, my elder brothers were arguing about some maths problem and they mentioned Almighty Formula I was like wow there is a formula in maths that is Almighty I bet with this formula I can solve any math problem I ever came across. I mean it is after all "Almighty" . Spoiler! there is nothing Almighty about the quadratic formula it is actually just another method of solving quadratic equations.




2. How to use long division and long multiplication
I remember my mathematics teacher shaming us and acting as though our whole brian was filled with saw dust just because one couldn't do any of this. But look at us today, we have the mobile phone and calculators I don't think I've been in any situation where I needed to use the long division I learnt or should I say forced to learn.



3. Memorizing The Periodic Table
Believe it or not back in secondary school SS1 first term to be precise I actually memorized the entire elements in the periodic table, all 104 of them over the weekend by break on Monday I had become something of a legend. Accompanied by my two closest friends I went from SS1 A to D mesmerizing other students with my "knowledge". I was the centre of attraction, each student with their Ababio textbook staring at the periodic table while I recited each element accordingly. By the end of the week I was something of a legend everybody was talking about me, even the seniors. But come month end even I could barely remember the first 30 elements accordingly and the legend fizzled into thin air. Unless you ended up studying chemistry I mean advance chemistry you'll probably would find memorizing the periodic table a complete waste of time, especially those rare elements not like you can got to ShopRite and order 2 kilos of Uranium.



4. Roman Numerals
Yeah yeah you could argue that you still make list using them, I understand that, but how often do you use Roman numerals, unless you are a class teacher teaching the same old things we were thought back them to some innocent students you probably never made a list longer than 10 with Roman numerals that's if you even do. Tell me I'm wrong.



5. Longitude and Latitude
I Know it seems like I have something against geography but I don't, my geography teacher was a fun guy back in the days but let's be real here, how many times have you had to use your knowledge of longitude and latitude in real life scenerio( unless you are a pilot or a ship captain,in that case - ah ya captain) and this thing called Google maps actually made that knowledge obsolete.



Bonus; Morning Assembly
As far as I'm concerned this is a complete waste of 1-2 hours every morning, why couldn't we just get to school and go straight to class why do we have to stand and sing, dance (principal sir I already endure 2 hours of morning devotion at home before coming to school) and then of course March to class. I never understood the essence especially the marching to class part. But if you do kindly enlighten me.



Well there you have it ladies and gentlemen top 5 things we learnt in secondary school that I believe are not applicable in real life or are now obsolete. Feel free to add yours and if there is anyone you do not agree with kindly let me know.

If you are in the field where it is required you would use it.

Besides, most technology were built using these formulas and principles: compasses, calculators, maps, remote land survey, architects, pharmacists, video games, softwares, etc.

Assembly is for pep talk, a bit of disciple, passing information, corporate affairs etc. All these are still important today.

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Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by clockwisereport: 9:29pm On May 04
shorthand

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Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by angelfallz(m): 9:42pm On May 04
Guy every single thing you mentioned is important. In school especially primary and junior secondary school, you have to be taught broadly, that is they'll teach everything because you're not yet specialising.

You also said with your own mouth that unless someone majored in chemistry they'll have no use for the periodic table. How is curriculum supposed to know that a student would major or not make in chemistry?

Knowing short and long Division is still useful, because sometimes you'll not have a phone calculator .

As for assembly our own assembly both primary and secondary, was 30mins. unless something happened or some students would be punished or expelled etc,

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Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by ImmaculateJOE(m): 9:43pm On May 04
Nice point.
But you might be wrong about Roman numerals.
Our erudite Prof Okoronka here in MAUTECH exam questions be like
1a. i
ii
iii
1b i
ii
2a i
ii
iii
iv
2b i
ii
iii......... Up-to question 6, then he will say answer 4 questions

grin grin

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Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by 1Alex: 10:32pm On May 04
They are not useless. No knowledge is a waste.

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Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by oloyedewaris(m): 10:34pm On May 04
Is either op is an illiterate or a dropout, all the things you mentioned here are important than they look, if you stydy further in mathematics, then you know the application of them

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Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by Vulcanheph(m): 10:42pm On May 04
The op does give some valid points.... Most of this knowledge can't even help u make money in Nigeria today.
Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by marveangel(m): 11:02pm On May 04
Sirkingsnado:
They ar nt useles ur country is
take am easy na bro
Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by marveangel(m): 11:03pm On May 04
Vulcanheph:
The op does give some valid points.... Most of this knowledge can't even help u make money in Nigeria today.
Very true many of them we never get to reuse after school so what was the point
Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by marveangel(m): 11:03pm On May 04
ImmaculateJOE:
Nice point.
But you might be wrong about Roman numerals.
Our erudite Prof Okoronka here in MAUTECH exam questions be like
1a. i
ii
iii
1b i
ii7
2a i
ii
iii
iv
2b i
ii
iii......... Up-to question 6, then he will say answer 4 questions

grin grin
Yeah but did you get beyond number 10 in Roman numerals?
Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by wordcat(m): 11:05pm On May 04
Even most of our engineers still believe that those courses are useless just like the op that's why we see Chinkos doing our roads while we have tens of thousands of people parading themselves as engineers.

My dear op, na naija dey useless no be those courses

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Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by marveangel(m): 11:06pm On May 04
bukatyne:


If you are in the field where it is required you would use it.

Besides, most technology were built using these formulas and principles: compasses, calculators, maps, remote land survey, architects, pharmacists, video games, softwares, etc.

Assembly is for pep talk, a bit of disciple, passing information, corporate affairs etc. All these are still important today.
But I'm mainly taking about our everyday life
Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by marveangel(m): 11:07pm On May 04
wordcat:
Even most of our engineers still believe that those courses are useless just like the opportunity that's why we see Chinkos doing our roads

My dear op, na naija dey useless no be those courses
Maybe you are right, I think we just adopted adopted foreign curriculum without any plans on its application
Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by marveangel(m): 11:09pm On May 04
Lalasticlala come and do the needful we need more people to contribute to this
Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by marveangel(m): 11:13pm On May 04
angelfallz:
Guy every single thing you mentioned is important. In school especially primary and junior secondary school, you have to be taught broadly, that is they'll teach everything because you're not yet specialising.

You also said with your own mouth that unless someone majored in chemistry they'll have no use for the periodic table. How is curriculum supposed to know that a student would major or not make in chemistry?

Knowing short and long Division is still useful, because sometimes you'll not have a phone calculator .

As for assembly our own assembly both primary and secondary, was 30mins. unless something happened or some students would be punished or expelled etc,
Maybe but I know the time spent on assembly ground was a complete waste as far as I'm concerned
Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by Nova1982: 12:26am On May 05
oloyedewaris:
Is either op is an illiterate or a dropout, all the things you mentioned here are important than they look, if you stydy further in mathematics, then you know the application of them

You're calling someone an illiterate but you can't even spell study right. smh

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Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by samwash(m): 12:47am On May 05
@op
Those things you mentioned are still working & still applicable till today.
Let me burst your bubble with this
If you watch America movies, at the end of the movie,after the cast, you will see the year the movie was released. Instead of writing (c) 2021, you will see MMXXI.
I can go on with other examples, but mk guy man go sleep.
You may not notice the applications in our immediate environment,but in other sane environment it's still applicable.
Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by oloyedewaris(m): 1:13am On May 05
Nova1982:


You're calling someone an illiterate but you can't even spell study right. smh
You are obviously ignorant or just foolish, look at your keyboard and tell me why there can't be such mistake. When yall will be using auto correct keyboard
Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by alshalz(m): 1:47am On May 05
Organic chemistry, especially those their Arabic drawing formulae or whatever you may call it.Balancing of equations,wetin we dey balance, life wey suppose to balance Eno balance na equations wan come balance
Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by MrFlavvor(m): 2:17am On May 05
marveangel:
This is a list of things we learnt in secondary school that are not applicable in real life or have become totally obsolete maybe due to advance in technology or maybe they weren't as practical in real life as our teachers tried to make us believe.

1. Quadratic Formula (Almighty Formula)
The very first time I heard those words "Almighty Formula" I was in primary school, my elder brothers were arguing about some maths problem and they mentioned Almighty Formula I was like wow there is a formula in maths that is Almighty I bet with this formula I can solve any math problem I ever came across. I mean it is after all "Almighty" . Spoiler! there is nothing Almighty about the quadratic formula it is actually just another method of solving quadratic equations.




2. How to use long division and long multiplication
I remember my mathematics teacher shaming us and acting as though our whole brian was filled with saw dust just because one couldn't do any of this. But look at us today, we have the mobile phone and calculators I don't think I've been in any situation where I needed to use the long division I learnt or should I say forced to learn.



3. Memorizing The Periodic Table
Believe it or not back in secondary school SS1 first term to be precise I actually memorized the entire elements in the periodic table, all 104 of them over the weekend by break on Monday I had become something of a legend. Accompanied by my two closest friends I went from SS1 A to D mesmerizing other students with my "knowledge". I was the centre of attraction, each student with their Ababio textbook staring at the periodic table while I recited each element accordingly. By the end of the week I was something of a legend everybody was talking about me, even the seniors. But come month end even I could barely remember the first 30 elements accordingly and the legend fizzled into thin air. Unless you ended up studying chemistry I mean advance chemistry you'll probably would find memorizing the periodic table a complete waste of time, especially those rare elements not like you can got to ShopRite and order 2 kilos of Uranium.



4. Roman Numerals
Yeah yeah you could argue that you still make list using them, I understand that, but how often do you use Roman numerals, unless you are a class teacher teaching the same old things we were thought back them to some innocent students you probably never made a list longer than 10 with Roman numerals that's if you even do. Tell me I'm wrong.



5. Longitude and Latitude
I Know it seems like I have something against geography but I don't, my geography teacher was a fun guy back in the days but let's be real here, how many times have you had to use your knowledge of longitude and latitude in real life scenerio( unless you are a pilot or a ship captain,in that case - ah ya captain) and this thing called Google maps actually made that knowledge obsolete.



Bonus; Morning Assembly
As far as I'm concerned this is a complete waste of 1-2 hours every morning, why couldn't we just get to school and go straight to class why do we have to stand and sing, dance (principal sir I already endure 2 hours of morning devotion at home before coming to school) and then of course March to class. I never understood the essence especially the marching to class part. But if you do kindly enlighten me.



Well there you have it ladies and gentlemen top 5 things we learnt in secondary school that I believe are not applicable in real life or are now obsolete. Feel free to add yours and if there is anyone you do not agree with kindly let me know.
I agree with all except number 5
Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by marveangel(m): 2:47am On May 05
alshalz:
Organic chemistry, especially those their Arabic drawing formulae or whatever you may call it.Balancing of equations,wetin we dey balance, life wey suppose to balance Eno balance na equations wan come balance
God don't get me started on Organic chemistry,but funny enough I was pretty good with that one, got an "organic-chemisrty inspired nickname for my effort
Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by marveangel(m): 2:48am On May 05
MrFlavvor:
I agree with all except number 5
Really, I don't think I've ever had to apply that particular number in any real life scenerio
Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by MrFlavvor(m): 3:34am On May 05
marveangel:
Really, I don't think I've ever had to apply that particular number in any real life scenerio
I have. More than I can count on one hand.
Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by MrFlavvor(m): 3:34am On May 05
marveangel:
God don't get me started on Organic chemistry,but funny enough I was pretty good with that one, got an "organic-chemisrty inspired nickname for my effort
this one useless die
Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by MrFlavvor(m): 3:39am On May 05
bukatyne:



Assembly is for pep talk, a bit of disciple, passing information, corporate affairs etc. All these are still important today.
Assembly is useless asf... Show me how the pep talk helped. Information passing can be done by form teacher , discipline dey school normally
Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by WoundedLamb: 4:42am On May 05
I don't know how you'd ever imagine that certain topics are useless simply cause you don't use them in your field. Your reason for calling number one useless does not even make sense. So just because you grew older and understood it was just an alternative formula, it has become useless? How on earth would the knowledge of long/lat ever become useless in a world where location based services are fast becoming the order of the day? Ask any average programmer around you what HTML Geolocation API is and how it uses long/lat coordinates. Even the Google map you mentioned is developed and supported by people who work everyday with basic knowledge of long/lat. Why not also tell us that basic arithmetic has become useless since we now have calculators. It's like some people grow and forget they know what they know cause of the foundation they had and the building block of knowledge accumulated over the years.
Re: 5 Things We Learnt In Secondary School That Are Now Useless by HitRun(m): 5:01am On May 05
angry

If you think these things are useless, then it is useless educating you on their usefulness.

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