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We learn many valuable lessons in school and gain priceless knowledge that we carry into our adult lives. But what if some of those lessons turned out to be fake? It turns out, some of them are.
1. Humans Only Use 10% of Their Brains
A common lesson we learn in school is that humans only use 10% of their brains. In fact, there was a movie, Lucy, made about a superhuman girl who could use 100% of her brain. In reality, all parts of our brains are active at any given moment during the day.
2. You Won’t Have a Calculator Everywhere You Go
This is true. Instead, we have phones, which can calculate much more than simple math equations. Even in college, most math exams have calculators listed as permitted tools in the class. While it is important to learn how to do basic math without a calculator, the idea that in adulthood, we won’t always have one readily available is a little ridiculous.
3. Your Record Will Follow You
This is just a silly phrase teachers use to make sure their kids behave. There are plenty of people who were bullies and lacked intelligence in high school that went on to become wealthy and successful. Once you reach a certain point, no one cares about your high school grades or who you pushed around on the playground.
4. The Food Pyramid
This one is a bit surprising. We all remember studying the food pyramid and being told how much of each food group we should be consuming. The food pyramid was actually replaced with MyPlate by the USDA in 2011.
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5. Getting Good Grades is the Key to Success in Life
While getting good grades is always something to strive for in school, it’s not the end all be all of life. Once you reach a certain point, no one cares about what your high school grades were. Hard work and dedication are equally as important to success as getting good grades.
6. Evolution Stopped After Jesus Died
This is a bizarre lesson that is taught primarily in religious schools. The idea is that when Jesus was crucified, evolution came to a grinding halt and that life forms ceased to continue evolving. There is no set timeline for evolution to come to an end.
7. Racial Stereotypes
People are often taught some weird racial stereotypes when they are in school, whether from teachers or peers. An example would be that Asian eyes are shaped the way they are to prevent snow from getting in them. These types of stereotypes are harmful because they confine people to a box where they are expected to only portray specific characteristics, when in reality humans are all different from each other.
8. Then vs. Than
Some teachers say that there is no difference between the words “then” and “than” but that is false. Then refers to either the past or something that will be happening next. Than is a comparison between two things.
9. Bullies Will Leave You Alone If You Say No
Some people claimed that their teachers told them if they just said no to their bullies, they would leave them alone. While bullies might be slightly deterred if you stand up to them, they may not stop their behavior completely.
10. Only God Is Perfect
This is another obscure lesson taught at religious schools. The idea is that only God is perfect, and therefore, no one else can be. For example, if a student receives a 100% on a test, a teacher may remove points because “only God is perfect.”
11. You Need to Learn Cursive
Remember learning cursive? Where did that go? We were told it was important and we would need it in College and University but that’s not true.
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Claire started Femme on FIRE after struggling with the debt cycle and realizing that she had to create better habits to get out of it. She became inspired along this journey and now strives to help others achieve financial freedom as well. When she isn’t working on her blog, you can find her on the couch with a good book, cooking up recipes in the kitchen, or playing outside with her ducks.