1) It introduced you to the idea of wind instruments on an aerophone, which is extremely easy to learn (though professional recordists are fucking beasts)
2) It acts as a “gateway drug” to music in later life and furthers an education in music which, even if not pursued professionally, leads to numerous benefits later in life
3) It gave you a reason to become interested in musical notation, which promotes brain activity in the same areas that are activated when one learns another language and essentially acts as if one has, in fact, learned another language. This is particularly good because wow look at these benefits of learning another language (that aren’t related to communication or culture)
4) It was fucking fun. Applying one of the most basic psychological principles of classical conditioning, if one is trained to expect fun as a conditioned stimulus (recess, music class, etc) then instead of acting on a negative unconditioned response and protesting going to school (because of boring classes or bullying) kids will instead act through conditioned response and be more likely to go.
In conclusion, bite me OP.
Also, the recorder can actually be a great instrument to play if you pick up on it even further.
Just listen to great pieces like Bach’s Recorder Sonata in G Minor BWV 1034 and Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Major for Sopranino Recorder and Strings, RV 444.
I also really like this recording of J.S. Bach’s Partita in A Minor which is originally on flute. I used it when prepping the piece for lessons and working on interpretation (though fuck if I went with THAT tempo holy fucking shit so intense)