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Don’t Look Down At Your Non-College Educated High School Friend Who Talks Politics On FB. You Don’t Matter More Than Them

You’re the political junkie.

You’re getting educated in a big fancy college.

You idolize Trevor Noah.

You rub elbows with future lawyers, lobbyists and politicians.

You study the issues and think that you know more about politics than the average person- especially those that aren’t in school.

After all, you are spending a lot of time and money to expand your mind and find the “truth” behind what’s happening.

At least that is what you think.

So when you get on Facebook to express some of the recycled political ideas that you just learned, you see your high school friend from way back post, ‘Make America Great Again’.

It’s a trigger and you can’t help yourself.

An argument ensues between the two of you.

In your mind, you are going to school this guy.

He isn’t in college after all.

He doesn’t always use the right terms or have perfectly constructed arguments.

You should be able to wipe the floor with him and move on.

But the conversation doesn’t go the way you thought.

It becomes an actual debate.

This debate takes your blood from slightly warm to completely boiling.

How dare He?

You’re the second year political science major that sits down and dutifully learns at the foot of politically connected professors.

But your high school buddy on the other hand who got that landscaping job he was always talking about instead of spending thousands of dollars in housing, student loans and ‘sustainability’ fees doesn’t know anything about politics.

And as a result, you don’t really believe that his voice matters.

He shouldn’t be talking about politics because he doesn’t know what he’s talking about you surmise.

As a college student I’ve heard the claim.

We like to take the stance that these people back home who opted to stay away from tuition costs and auxiliary fees are significantly less informed than us on pretty much everything because we are en route to a college degree.

This is nowhere near the case.

In the era of alternative facts and fake news, the concept of being politically informed is one that we have to throw around very loosely.

You need to take a real look at yourself and make the assessment of what do you actually know about politics.

This assessment doesn’t come from knowing random facts.

It’s more of an overall assessment of your political footprint.

Where do you get your facts?

How did you get there?

How broad is your view?

How reliable is your source?

Media bias exists, it’s a thing that changes our perception of the world around us and can skew political opinions for the worse.

The nature of media bias is everywhere.

it still to this day saturates programs like the Late Show or Trevor Noah’s Daily Show.

Sources like these end up being some people’s only source of understanding politics and because of that they fail to get an unbiased opinion about the political world.

The reality isn’t better for 24 hour news channels either; stations like Fox News and MSNBC also provide underlying bias that people are exposed to as well.

The practice of media bias is so bad that people are arguing over which source (out of these specific two in fact) is the most bias.

To be the ‘politically informed citizen’ that us college students boast about being you need to take the time to look at all sources available.

Rather than this, we have an established culture that encourages us to look solely at the media that is favorable to us as individuals.

In addition to this, college students in general are considered unreliable voters, a fact that furthers the case against us being more politically informed or involved.

In the end, you should not look down at your high school buddy who wants to talk politics.

He may not always be right or say the right things.

Maybe he is more likely to buy into fake news, maybe not.

But he is still an American and he is entitled to as much of a voice as you are.

And who knows, maybe your political opinion is just as one sided, underdeveloped and wrong as his is.

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For All The People That Think “Locker Room Talk” Is No Big Deal- Just Read This

The following piece was originally posted on Facebook. We have republished it here with the permission of the author. 

By Ashley Draper Sanchez

Many people who know me now, don’t know about or have only heard me tell of my days as a teenager with extremely large breasts.

My first memory of realizing my body was different than others was in the 5th grade.

My teacher handed me a note and told me to give it to my parents, and not to read it. Of course the very first chance I got, I tore it open.

It was a letter from my teacher, asking my mother to please take me to get a bra as my playtime in PE had become “distracting” for everyone else.

I wasn’t sure what that meant, but I was excited to need a bra! Even at the age of eleven I knew that a bra meant womanhood-maturity!

I was always an older soul in a little body and thought that this would be a step towards being taken more seriously. That night we ventured to the local department store, and I’ll always remember the size of my very first bra; 32 B. I remember my mom being shocked. My physical development had seemed to happen overnight. I blame the hormones in the milk

We drove home and as soon as we got there, I ran to my room and put it on. I turned to face my baby pink full length mirror hung on teddy bear wallpaper.

I looked at myself, thinking “I look like the ladies in the magazines!” I smiled widely. As a 5th grader I felt a sense of worth in my appearance.

I want you to let that sink in and think about it for a moment.

It didn’t take long for that feeling to go away. Just one short year later (and one full cup size bigger) I entered the world of Junior High.

And as soon as I crossed the threshold of my middle school, the lie I believed (that looking like a magazine cover would make me happy/loved/respected), melted away into the ugly truth behind a very real rape culture driven by female objectification and misogyny.

I spent the majority of those middle school years in the counselor’s office, and made excuse after excuse to not have to face my classmates on a daily basis. I was shamed by my classmates male and female alike for the way I looked.

By the time I was in eighth grade I weighed barely 100 lbs, but wore a DD cup bra. I was assaulted and tormented on an almost daily basis. Let me just recount some of the incidents I clearly remember:

The boys would whisper and plot…and then “accidentally” bump into me and grab my breasts. This was almost a weekly occurrence.

Sitting in the courtyard, a group of eighth grade boys took turns throwing stuff in my direction to see who could score a “basket” in my cleavage. My worth that day was relegated to “3 points”.

An older student approached me, and asked if I could settle a bet with him and his friends, “How big are your nipples?! They must be huge!”

Many boys claimed to have made out with me, slept with me, and felt up my breasts. Some said they were fake, others said they were real. No one cared I had hardly ever held a boys hand in real life.

On what I am guessing was a dare, a boy leaned over in algebra and undid my bra in the middle of a test.

I got a special note from my doctor that I wouldn’t have to participate in PE, because during my first semester I was traumatized as I had to run a lap around the gym to the audience of boys in the stands cheering me on and catcalling as I jogged by.

The author (L) with her husband.

The author (L) with her husband.

In the cafeteria in 6th grade, I was asked by a boy if I could squirt some milk into his cup because the lunchroom was all out. He then offered to let his black friend do it so that the milk would be “chocolate”.

In 7th grade a group of girls would whisper the word “slut” whenever I walked by. I didn’t even know what that word meant.

In 7th grade I had a guy ask me if he could see how many pencils he could stick in my cleavage. I let him, and then cried for 30 minutes in the bathroom afterwards. My worth that day was 7 pencils.

I was offered $25 to let a group of boys see my boobs.

One day I wore a graphic t-shirt that said 49 on it. The rest of the day I was called “49 DD”.

From that day forward (much to his shagrin) I wore my older brother’s oversized shirts to school.

I cannot count the times my bra straps were snapped, or the many incidences in which I would look over a see a group of boys making “motor boating sounds” or even the amount of times males would lose their filter all together and yell out something like “damn girl! Your tits are huge!”

I moved schools and states in 10th grade. It didn’t take a full day at my new school for the rumor of me being “a stripper in downtown Atlanta” to take hold.

My breasts were fondled, mocked, ogled, hit, objectified…and as they were all of those things, so was I.

By the time I was in high school, I looked in the mirror and had the same thought I had that day I tried on my very first bra, “my worth is based on how I look” but this time there was no smile. I was so much more, wasn’t I? Wasn’t I funny…and kind? Wasn’t I smart? I thought I was. I was failing many classes because I spent them crying and hiding.

From the time I was 11 until I was 18, even adult men would ogle me in public. My sweet grandma on my mother’s side, who has a pretty severe case of dementia, can still recount with gusto being with me in the grocery store when I was 13 and hearing a grown man make a loud comment about my breasts. My sweet grandma went off on him, and then I consoled her.

My father was a minister and I recall finding a letter written to him from a member, about me being a “distraction” at the church.

Now I was keeping people from God. What kind of foul creature was I?

I had money thrown at me out of cars.

Grown men in cars would roll down their window and ask me how much for a “titty f***?”

This is just a sampling for you. A “locker room talk” pupu platter, if you will.

I graduated high school weighing 105 lbs with FF breasts. The moment I turned 18, I submitted a claim to insurance to have a reduction done. I was told over the phone it would take 30-60 days to hear back but to please fax my photos and documentation. They called me back two hours later with a fully funded approval for surgery.

I have physical scars that remind me of that time in my life, but the emotional scars are far more prominent. I struggle daily with self worth.

It’s something my husband and I are working through together, but it affects me and my marriage every single day. The only reason I made it through as in tact as I did is because I knew Jesus, so I ultimately knew I was loved and had worth in who I was in him.

Sometimes the assault was physical, sometimes it was verbal but let me tell you the damage is the same.

For those of you who don’t think “locker room talk” has lasting effects, watch my face when I receive a compliment and witness my inability to comprehend your sincerity.

For those of you who don’t think it’s “that big of a deal” watch my breathing get faster when a male approaches me without my husband near.

For those who’d call it harmless, if you could only see how many tears I shed some mornings as my husband consoles me while I breakdown about my “worthlessness” and inadequacies.

These boys and men, they felt a sense of ownership over me and my body. A seemingly innate dominance, and what’s worse, I was dehumanized through the process in which they exerted their false sense of ownership.

Where did they learn that this was okay? Who told them this was acceptable? There are so many answers to this question.

But the biggest one is; American Culture. The porn industry, the media, the President (yes, Bill Clinton was president at the time and I was compared to Monica Lewinsky more than once). A women’s worth lies in their sexuality, and the men get to assign that worth.

The scars of youth don't heal as quickly as we would want. Photo Credit: Chad Cooper/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

The scars of youth don’t heal as quickly as we would want. Photo Credit: Chad Cooper/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

That is what our children are being taught on a daily basis.

“Boys will be boys!” Do you know how many well intentioned people told me that to console me? Guess what affect that had? It set up a pattern of “settling” from me that led me into some unhealthy and abusive relationships.

Last night when I heard Donald Trump brush off his comments as “locker room talk”, there was a feeling of desperation and panic that rose up in me that I hadn’t felt for 15 years.

My 5 year old daughter lie asleep in her room mere feet away from my TV screen. In one moment I could see her closed door, behind which she slept peacefully unawares, and his face on the screen at the same time. And I was angry.

By elevating and looking past this type of behavior you are saying it’s okay.

You are telling young boys that degradation is normal, that assault is okay, that you can tear down half the human race and still rise to the most powerful and venerated position in the world.

This is not progress. There is no policy, no bill, no appointment that is more important to me than stopping the evil that is rape culture.

Because that’s what this falls into. I don’t subscribe or adhere to any type of excuse that allows humans to brush off reproachable behavior. This idea that “it’s just the way they are” or “they’re going to do it anyway” has to go away.

We have to start expecting and demanding more of ourselves as human beings, and a big part of that is NOT electing someone who engages in the verbal or physical assault of someone else.

Many people would say Hillary has verbally assaulted victims, and that’s fine if you believe that. Don’t vote for her either.

This isn’t an endorsement of a candidate. It’s a denouncement of behavior we’ve clearly approved of or settled for, to bring us to this place in history.

Real, good, amazing people exist out there. Unfortunately none of them are running for president.

It’s a broken system, it’s a broken country. But can we come together and agree that our daughters deserve more?

Can we teach them to raise their standards and not tolerate behavior or treatment that diminishes their worth as human beings?

Can we start by raising OUR standards as a country? By demanding and raising up leaders who have vision, experience, plans, AND integrity? No more excuses. No more “boys will be boys” and “politicians will be politicians”.

America, all I can do is tell you the same thing my sweet amazing husband has to tell me almost daily, to get me into the right frame of mind when I doubt my worth and tears fill my eyes. And hope you believe it.

“I love you. You are the standard by which I measure everyone else. I struck gold when I found you, and I’m the luckiest person in the world to call you home. You deserve the best”

You do. I do. WE do. My five year old daughter does. STOP the madness. Don’t settle, America.

No matter what happens on November 8th, I will teach my daughter and my sons that it’s not okay. It’s not the way it is or the way it’s supposed to be.

And even if we can’t get there now, maybe the next generation of voters will demand more from each other and God willing, more from their leaders.

My first and last political post of the season. Carry on.

This was originally posted on Facebook by Ashley Draper Sanchez.

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Archbishop Curley Notre Dame To Merge With Monsignor Edward Pace High School

The Archbishop of Miami Thomas Wenski announced in a press release on Monday the merger of Archbishop Curley Notre Dame (ACND) high school in Miami with Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Miami Gardens.

As a result of the merger, ACND will close for the first time since 1953.

Wenski also made the announcement via a letter sent home to parents at both schools.

The merger will happen at the start of the 2017/2018 school year and current students at ACND will receive automatic admission to Pace if they meet certain academic standards.

“This decision to consolidate the two schools was made by the Archdiocese of Miami in order to provide the students with a continued experience of the presence of Jesus Christ, an enhanced educational experience and additional extracurricular opportunities,” Wenski said in the statement. “With your child attending a larger school, he/she will experience signature academies, new technology, fine arts programs, seventy clubs and activities, and enjoy award-winning sports teams.”

Curley seems to have broken the news to its students and alumni on Facebook by sharing the release from the Archdiocese.

“It is with great sorrow that we share this news with our ACND family and friends,” the school wrote on its Facebook page. “Today is a tough day for our school, teachers, alums, and all others who care about ACND.”

Judging by Facebook comments left on the ACND page, it is clear that not everyone agrees with the decision.

But it seems to be final.

“The Archdiocese of Miami is grateful for the many priests, religious brothers and sisters, lay faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, parents, donors, and board members who have generously donated and dedicated years, time, and expertise for each student at ACND to become a successful graduate,” Wenski said in the statement.

According to the school, ACND was the first predominantly white high school in Florida to admit an African-American students.

That happened in 1960.

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Chaminade-Madonna Football Coach Resigns With Cryptic Tweet A Day Before Practice Starts

In a shocking turn of events, Chaminade-Madonna went from one of the most hyped high school football programs in Florida to a big ole question mark.

Head coach Jason Milgrom resigned Sunday morning via Twitter with a cryptic message that took a shot at the school’s “decisions” regarding the football program.

“Last night, I resigned from my position as Head Football Coach at Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory,” Milgrom said in the Tweet. “There is never a good time and this is the prime definition of that.

“However, I was unable to comprehend some decisions and the thought process on the future of the program,”  Milgrom said. “I could not willingly and knowingly promote something anymore that I was not sold on.

Read his full message:

So what the heck is Milgrom talking about?

There is speculation that the issue revolved around potential funding cuts to the program.

Chaminade acted quickly and hired former Hallandale High School football coach Dameon Jones for the top job.

Jones had successful years coaching Hallandale, especially in his last two at the school when he went to a 21-4 record.

Chaminade-Madonna is a top high school football program located in Hollywood, FL.

Chaminade-Madonna is a top high school football program located in Hollywood, FL.

“Chaminade’s commitment to building a competitive athletic program supported by its vision to prepare students for higher learning brought Jones out of retirement,” Chaminade-Madonna athletic director Andre Torres in a press release obtained by the Sun-Sentinel. “His extensive background, community ties and dedication to student and program development have prepared him for his new opportunity with the C-M Lions.”

Chaminade was seen as a program on the rise due to a solid first season last year under Milgrom’s leadership (they went 7-2) and a strong class of transfers that had come to the school in the off-season.

The school also announced in April that it would finally have lights on its football field- allowing for the play of home night games.

Read More: Chaminade Madonna High School To Get Lights For Football Field

Chaminade had been ranked as the 44th best football team in the nation according to preseason polls. However, the news of Milgrom’s resignation has dropped them out of the top 50. 

According to Rob Cassidy, a reporter for Rivals.com, there are not expected to be any transfers from the school. 

Even so, what a wild few days for high school football fans in South Florida.

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Chaminade Madonna High School To Get Lights For Football Field

For the first time in 56 years, the Chaminade Madonna Lions will actually get the chance to play a home football game at night.

And for anyone familiar with the Broward County football scene, it’s a pretty big deal.

“It is with great enthusiasm that I am able to announce the commencement of a process which will equip Vince Zappone Field with permanent outdoor lighting,” Chaminade Madonna President Judith Mucheck said in a school release. “Earlier this week, I personally met with officials from the City of Hollywood to initiate the permit applications which are necessary to receive City approval for the installation.”

Mucheck said that the school will be working with Musco Lighting to put in lights that don’t cause a large disturbance to area homes.

Chaminade Madonna is a small Catholic high school with around 600 students. It is located in the heart of Hollywood and is surrounded by homes.

Some of these homeowners have opposed lighting for the football field for years due to the expected disruption it would cause.

Despite not having lights and being forced to play home games during the hottest part of the day, Chaminade Madonna has fielded some really teams over the years- including winning multiple state championships.

It was one of the few major high school football programs in the Miami area to not have lights.

“Since the founding of our school 56 years ago, we have called Hollywood our home. We have successfully graduated thousands of young people who have gone on to make their mark in the world, many of them right here.”

Read the full announcement below:

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Five Reasons To Consider A Military Academy For High School

By Theresa Anzaldua

Most people don’t give military academies much thought when making plans for their children’s high school education. Less than one percent of U.S. citizens currently serve in the armed forces, according to Pew Research, The New York Times and countless other sources, so not many people think in terms of the military as a part of their own lives.

Attending high school at a military academy, however, could be an excellent opportunity for an intelligent, college-bound child, whether or not a career in the service is a possibility. Parents may want to take a look at some of the approximately thirty high-school military academies across the country. Here are five reasons why.

1. Military academies are not for troubled kids – in fact, just the opposite is true. We’ve all heard of kids with behavioral problems being sent off to military based schools to learn discipline. Military based schools for troubled children differ from military academies, which are college prep schools for motivated students. Military academies are not a good fit for troubled children because they don’t provide psychological or behavioral therapy for kids, according to The Aspen Education Group, a national provider of education and therapy for children with academic, behavioral, emotional or substance abuse problems. According to Aspen, sending a challenged kid to a military academy is like putting a bandage on a struggling child’s problems. The discipline at the academy might help the child for a while, but eventually, without therapy, the child’s problems will resurface. Well-adjusted, motivated children who enjoy a structured environment are the best fit for military academies, the Aspen Education Group explains.

2. The leadership skills acquired in military training are unparalleled. Military academies provide the same kind of leadership training found in the U.S. armed forces, and this kind of training cannot be found anywhere else, according to “Why the Military Provides Great Leaders,” by Tom Kolditz (The Harvard Business Review, Feb. 6, 2015). According to Kovitz, in the military leadership is taught in a carefully planned, methodical way. This kind of leadership training cannot be found in a corporate setting or elsewhere in the government. The reason, Kovitz explains, is simple. Military leaders must do more than motivate people – they have to inspire them. They must lead people into battle, asking them to risk their lives. This kind of inspirational leadership is taught at military academies, and it’s a strong factor to consider in choosing a high school for your child. Your child’s leadership potential could be honed to its fullest potential at a military academy.

3. Military academies provide excellent preparation for college. High school students graduating from Wentworth Military Academy and College, located in Lexington, Missouri, have a ninety-five percent college acceptance rate. Wentworth prides itself on offering challenging courses taught by outstanding teachers, exceptional athletic programs for all students, strong role models to show students how to perform to their full potentials, a strongly supervised, safe environment and a diverse community of students from across the country and around the world. Hargrave Military Academy, located in Chatham, Virginia, enjoyed a ninety-nine percent college acceptance rate from 2003 to 2011 and average SAT scores in the 1500’s. These schools are just a few examples of the extensive college prep work that high school students, or cadets, accomplish at military academies. Carson Long Military Institute, located in Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, which has bragged of a one hundred percent college acceptance rate, explains that its students study in a “distraction-free, highly structured atmosphere.” Carson Long also encourages students to be patriotic and maintains as its top priority the goal of graduating “confident young leaders who are prepared for college.”

4. Military academies provide much more than education and military training. A terrific resource for families looking into military academies or other types of boarding schools is The Boarding School Review (boardingschoolreview.com), which explains that in terms of the time allocated to pure academics, military schools are similar to religious-affiliated private schools. At a military school, a cadet will generally spend about ten hours on military training, and at a religion-based school, a student should expect to spend approximately ten hours a week on religious work, according to The Boarding School Review. (If both religious-based and military schools sound appealing, check out the military academies that are affiliated with particular religions.) In addition to academics and ten or so hours per week of military training, students at military academies participate in clubs and are expected to remain physically healthy, active and fit. Military academies place a strong emphasis on physical fitness, requiring all students to participate in athletics and to maintain the type of physical strength and stamina required in the armed forces. As the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas, notes, scientific research has established a correlation between physical fitness and top academic performance, and in any event, it’s hard to disagree with the notion of encouraging high school kids to be physically fit.

5. Military academies require students to conduct themselves with the utmost integrity and to maintain strong personal values. Trust and integrity are at the core of serving in the armed forces — one’s life can depend on the work ethic and integrity of one’s fellow service members. Military academies instill strong personal values in their cadets because strong values will be necessary for those who will go on to serve in the armed forces. For instance, the Marine Military Academy (a private school not affiliated with the U.S. Marines) expects its cadets to abide by these three core values. (1) Honor: cadets are held to the highest ethical and moral standards, and respect for others is essential. (2) Courage: cadets must face their fears and overcome them, and they are expected to do what is right regardless of the consequences. (3) Commitment: cadets must strive for excellence and never give up because duty to others is fundamental. The strong personal values expected from the cadets at the Marine Military Academy are indicative of those at other military academies.

If your child is college-bound, patriotic and thrives in a structured setting, a military academy might be the perfect fit for high school.

Theresa Anzaldua is the author of We Had A Job To Do – A Basic History of World War II Through The Eyes Of Those Who Served. She has interviewed dozens of veterans of World War II, all of whom have praised their military training. Learn more at www.theresaanzaldua.com.

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10 Things You Learned In High School That You Never Need In College

By Taylor Neuman

Remember when you were in high school and you’d moan and groan to your teachers about how you’d never use what they were teaching you?

Well you were right. Sort of, anyway.

As this list can attest to, a large chunk of things we learned in high school become pretty irrelevant after we graduate.

10) Learning How To Climb The Rope In Gym Class

Gym class was always fun, it was your time to get away from all those hard math and English classes. There is one thing I will never understand though, why was it so important for us to learn how to climb a rope? Did they think we’d have ropes just hanging from the balconies of our college classes? Or did they assume we’d be studying in the middle of a jungle? I never have once climbed a rope in my 3 years of college, and I do not plan on it.

9) Dissecting A Frog

Photo Credit: Stephen Michael Barnett/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

Photo Credit: Stephen Michael Barnett/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

When was the last time you dissected a frog in college?  I can’t remember a time I’d even want to let alone be forced to. In high school it mas mandatory you learned how to dissect a frog, a worm, a pig and even a cat… BUT WHY!? (Zip it up biology majors.)

8) Locker Combinations 

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Lockers were a hassle, either they were too small and you’d have to learn how to fit everything in it or after a long break you’d forget your combination. Cleaning them out at the end of the year was a scary experience because you never remembered what was behind all those books. In college, lockers are non-existent and aren’t we happy about that?

7) Dress Code

This was always an issue, especially for girls. You couldn’t wear sleeveless shirts and your shorts and skirts had to be three finger lengths above your knee. I remember measuring my outfits every morning to make sure I wasn’t going to get detention for having my skirt too short. After college it’s a free for all, wear whatever you want with absolutely no consequences. (Except for the scorn of your classmates)

6) Memorizing Romeo and Juliet

Memorizing Romeo and Juliet and then reciting it in a British accent was a joke, I swear they just made us learn it to embarrass us and get some entertainment out of it. It’s so cruel and yet looking back it’s just too hilarious.

5) Learning How To Play The Recorder 

What was the teacher’s thought process when deciding that it was necessary we learned how to play a recorder? Why didn’t we learn the flute, trumpet or drums? The recorder is probably one of the most useless instruments there are and to be honest they don’t sound too pretty either. Actually, I don’t think it is possible to play the recorder well.

4) Memorizing The Periodic Table

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Have you ever just sat in your apartment one day and wondered what the atomic number for Argon is? NO, you never have because you are a normal human being. Memorizing the periodic table is as useless as using an umbrella when it’s sunny out.

3) Learning How To Spell Words Out On The Calculator

Remember when you’d sit math so confused and bored out of your minds you’d try anything to keep yourself entertained? We all have tried to spell things on our calculators; I probably learned how to come up with more words on my calculator than actual math problems. Thanks Algebra for teaching me how to spell Boobs with numbers.

2) Knowing All The Dinosaur Names 

It’s funny how we spend so much time in High School learning different dinosaur names when they’re extinct. I can’t remember the last time I was looking out my window and spotted a T-Rex… I barely know my friends dog breeds.

1) Selling Coupon Books

These were annoying too. Photo Credit: Howard Lake/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

These were annoying too. Photo Credit: Howard Lake/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

The thought of selling coupon books makes me cringe even now. I can say I’m honestly glad that it is completely out of the picture in college. The only coupon book you use in college is the kind the happy orientation people hand you at the start of the year. You know what I’m taking about- the one with about 75 free pizzas from Hungry Howies in it.

Did we miss anything good? Let us know in the comments below and we might add it to the list!

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