10 Lessons We Learned In School That Are Actually Wrong

There are many myths and misconceptions taught by teachers and textbooks that are just hard to eliminate.
posted on: Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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The school system is not perfect.

There are times when textbooks are obsolete. If you go to a public school and receive a 10-year-old science book, you might read about Pluto being the ninth planet of the Solar System.

Here are some misleading lessons you probably learned from your teacher:

1. The tongue map


Classic science subject. The tongue map shows the different regions of our tongue and how they sense different tastes. If you put a candy on the tip of your tongue, you’ll taste its sweetness but if you put salt, you won’t taste anything since you didn’t put it on the right region.

This is wrong though. It is easy to disprove by placing different flavors on your tongue. You’ll still taste them no matter which region of your tongue you put them.

To add another fact, there’s a fifth taste called .

2. Three states of matter

We are taught in elementary about the three states of matter – solid, liquid and gas. Unfortunately, it’s utterly wrong.


Maybe the textbooks decided to not add the rest since they’re too complicated to understand. Still, it is worth plasma, Bose-Einstein condensates and the neutron-degenerate matter.

3. Darwin said we come from monkeys

If we evolved from monkeys, then why are monkeys still around?


, the famed naturalist we always read in high school biology, only said that monkeys, apes and humans must have a common ancestor because of our great similarities compared to other species.

In short, he said that we didn’t evolve from monkeys. Both humans and monkeys evolved from a much primitive ancestor, probably an animal that looks like a monkey.

4. There are only five senses

Sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. We have five senses.


Well, , we also have a sense of balance (equilibrioception), pressure, temperature, pain and many more!

5. 8 glasses of water per day is recommended


An  of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health wrote:

“Humans need to maintain fluid balance and need to  when required, but should also consider fluid in unprocessed fruits and vegetables and juices. There is further evidence that water and a well-balanced diet does far more than water alone.”

In short, it heavily depends on your diet.

6. Bats are blind

Some bats can even than humans.


It’s just that at night, bats heavily rely on their ability to echolocate for capturing insects and navigating in the dark.

7. Christopher Columbus discovered America


He wasn’t even the to discover America. About 500 years before Columbus, a group of Vikings, led by Leif Ericson, reached the North American shores and left a settlement on the island of modern-day Newfoundland.

Christopher Columbus was even a very .

8. Writing in cursive (pinakatay)


We wholeheartedly practiced writing in cursive. This lead us to believe that learning to write in cursive is extremely important. When was the last time you used pinakatay to write?

9. Agapito Flores invented the fluorescent lamp

We read in a textbook that the fluorescent lamp was named in honor of him. Unfortunately, .


No records exist to prove that Flores invented the lamp. It’s just impossible for a single person to invent the lamp so fast. The first active research on the lamp started in 1934 at the GE research laboratory at Nela Park. This involved physicists, chemists and engineers and even a Nobel prize winner as a consultant and experimented on more than 10, 000 materials.

10. Jose Rizal is our official national hero

Sorry to bust your belief but…

Ambeth R. Ocampo

No law, executive order or proclamation has been enacted or issued officially proclaiming any Filipino historical figure as a national hero.

Even , was not proclaimed as such. He holds this title in Philippine History as a tribute because of the Filipinos’ continued veneration of his contributions to the social transformation that took place in this country.

Still, don’t let these myths deter you from being excited for school. Learn from your school, your books and don’t forget to research in the internet as well!