10 Fascinating Things YouTube Can Teach You That School DEFINITELY Won't

10 February 2017, 11:42 | Updated: 17 July 2017, 12:24

We the Unicorns

By Benedict Townsend

From the fascinating to the crucially important, here are ten things YouTube can teach you that schools for some reason don't

Right off the bat, let's make it clear that while all know that skool droolz, we're not actually saying that going to school is bad or that you shouldn't pay attention in school (unless you're a fictional rebellious 80s teen). However, there are only so many hours in the school day and - for better or worse (generally worse, let's be honest), the public tend to be very opinionated about what gets taught in schools. This results in certain gaps appearing in what schools can teach you. Luckily, YouTubers are here to pick up the slack.  Here are ten things YouTube can teach you that school (probably) won't.


1. How banks work

This is a huge part of life - yet it's something you learn basically nothing about in school. To this day, we still don't understand why. This video is a simple and visually-pleasant explainer for the concept of banks:


2. What it's like to live with HIV

Straight from someone who lives with it every day of their life.


3. Whether we will ever run out of new music

Asked and answered.


4. That it's okay to be single

Especially important as social media can feel like #relationshipgoals constantly.


5. How to spin a pen around your thumb

It's not as practically useful as the other items on this list, but not everything in life needs to be super serious.


6. How to deal with anxiety

While mental health education in schools is slowly improving, it's still far from perfect in many places.


7. Why you can't ride a zebra like a horse

Even though the two animals seem really similar.


8. How to ace a job interview

This is another thing that is a huge part of life yet which you learn almost nothing about in school. So weird.


9. How to tie a bow tie

This is the kind of knowledge that you need to use very rarely, but when you do need it, you really need it.


10. The concept of consent

An insanely important thing to learn, yet sadly not always taught comprehensively enough in schools.