25 Common Things About School You Didn’t Know

Posted by , Updated on April 18, 2017


Fortunate students spend about a quarter of their lives in school, studying hard, hoping for a better future. Spending so much time in school, students learn plenty about math and science but not about the school itself. Well, prepare yourself, grasshopper, for a few lessons on school. Here are the 25 Common Things About School You Didn’t Know.

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The blue part of an eraser

eraser-795768_640Source: https://www.scoopwhoop.com/blue-part-of-the-eraser/

Most people scratch their heads on what the blue end of an eraser is meant to do, and no, it’s not to erase pen marks. The blue end of an eraser is meant for pencil marks on coarse or rough paper. Mystery solved!


Most teachers buy school supplies for their students.

ATC_students_at_orientation_session_with_Prof._John_NicholsSource: https://www.factretriever.com/teacher-facts

Even with low pay, teachers can be pretty generous to their students. It’s estimated that 92% of school teachers spend their own money on school supplies for their students.


In California, almost half of students speak a language other than English.

multilingual-456774_640Source: https://www.surfnetkids.com/backtoschool/224/fun-facts-about-school/

Learning becomes more difficult when schools don’t speak a student’s native language. In California, 45% of students speak a language other than English at home.


Chinese schools love homework.

Chinese_Teacher_and_Students_2007-11-8Source: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2015-11/26/content_22520832.htm

Kids in the United States might complain about how much homework they get, but it’s nothing compared to Chinese students. Studies show Chinese students spend three hours a day on homework.


Chinese schools have tobacco sponsors.

tobacco-1792070_1920Source: https://beijingtoday.com.cn/2009/12/rural-kids-can-succeed-big-tobacco-school-sponsor-says/

While the United States has spent a considerable amount of effort to get kids off drugs with programs like D.A.R.E., schools in China get major funding from tobacco companies and even encourage kids to smoke, saying it’ll help their academic performance.


It’s no surprise to many of us that smoking is not allowed in US schools, but THESE things banned from schools might just surprise you.

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