Nothing Worth Knowing

June 18, 2013 § 21 Comments

1308016236759260“I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school.
They don’t teach you how to love somebody.
They don’t teach you how to be famous.
They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor.
They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone
you don’t love any longer.
They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on
in someone else’s mind.
They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying.
They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.”
― Neil Gaiman

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§ 21 Responses to Nothing Worth Knowing

  • mkesling63 says:

    All any taught you or anybody else was how to write a book report or replace the book report with a test. So you had to answer to a grading essay standard and nothing more.


  • So very true, the important life lessons in life are not taught in the classroom but in the day to day moments! Great post!


  • Waverider1 says:

    Absolutely right! Our modern ‘schools’ (not really the right word) weren’t designed to teach us anything truly useful, skills that would enable and empower us to live more joyful, satisfying lives. Nope. They were intentionally designed for quite a different purpose. . . .


  • Perfect post. So true, so true.
    Favourite read of the day, for me!


  • vam says:

    Reblogged this on verum intus, fulsi vacuus and commented:
    They Don’t Teach You Nothing Worth Knowing …


  • Gloryteller says:

    They do teach lots worth knowing, just not EVERYTHING that’s important to know. “They” should teach money management, social skills, and manners…… Wait, that is is the responsibility of parents. “They” should teach love, kindness, unselfishness, and forgiveness…….Wait, that is what the Bible teaches, and I’m pretty sure that you, dear Coco, were just waiting for someone to say it. Now that’s something worth knowing! Clever, very clever! 😉


  • Reblogged this on workwithtammy and commented:
    Love this. Sounds like how I think lol.


  • whimsyelf says:

    I may not have been taught it, but what I know on that list I learned at school, and camp. School is where I learned to share, and cooperate, and when not to trust people. I did learn how to walk away from someone I didn’t love anymore at school. I did learn how to know what was going on in someone else’s mind, but nobody needed to teach me.


  • I think they need to teach meditation and I tried so many times in my classroom, I’ll I’d get were laughs and farts.


  • stephanieliselamoureux says:

    With the line “they don’t teach you how to be rich” I would disagree, all school ever taught me was “how to be rich”, that education guaranteed wealth, concluding…. students need to spend more money on schooling to feed into that concept when in reality you can be rich or well-off without an education, success is measured by your work not by your degree. Just a thought. Nicely written as always.


  • Rawclyde! says:

    Didn’t any of you read Shakespeare in school?


  • The Bloggers Soliloquy says:

    Over here they don’t teach you first aid, they don’t teach you how poverty affects people or why and how the welfare system and the NHS came about. They don’t teach you relevant world history explaining why some countries are how they are, and they don’t teach you how not knowing such history will cause people to repeat it. They don’t teach you about how taxes work and so on . . .


  • connyjulanda says:

    Reblogged this on Dream world.


  • I’m loving your blog. This is so true, and as a teacher, I see it also from the opposite light. There is so much going on in the lives of others beyond the subject taught in the classroom. There are students who need so much more than just the content..


  • Norbert D. says:

    Let me add a voice of another teacher – the subject alone is simply not enough to get you prepped for life. Sadly, not many teachers see it and try to add a bit of wisdom to their teaching…
    Those who do are often in trouble though…
    Your blog got my attention, thanks!


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