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    What is the most important subject taught in school?

    When we consider every subject taught in school (both academic and athletic), which one in particular rises above the rest? Which subject is the most vital for shaping a desirable future for students? Every subject is uniquely important, but which one is the most practical and applicable to everyday life? Which subject taught in school sticks with us the longest, and is used most often in everyday endeavours?

    I'll start off: Mathematics. Reason being because it is a fundamental basis for almost every aspect of life. It finds its way into almost every type of career. It is applied in regular encounters all the time. It is possibly the only course that is not subjective. There are plenty other reasons as well, of course.

    Note: I apologize if this is in the wrong forum.

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    The absolute MOST important thing taught is the ability to READ! Without that, all the rest are rather pointless. (That's why I chose "other" in the poll.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Read-Only View Post
    The absolute MOST important thing taught is the ability to READ! Without that, all the rest are rather pointless. (That's why I chose "other" in the poll.)
    Maybe that would fall under English?

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    The most important thing is self-responsibility. Kids are taught to be responsible for themselves and their stuff in kindergarten. Unfortunately it is never taught again.

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    I think it is whatever gets a kid into knowing his/her abilities and ambitions. For me in this case it is math, science, and engineering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandy View Post
    The most important thing is self-responsibility. Kids are taught to be responsible for themselves and their stuff in kindergarten. Unfortunately it is never taught again.
    I know what you mean (and you're right), but I'm not sure if "self-responsibility" is a subject in school.

    Quote Originally Posted by USS Exeter View Post
    I think it is whatever gets a kid into knowing his/her abilities and ambitions. For me in this case it is math, science, and engineering.
    Good point.

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    From the age of 7 to 14 there should be nothing but PhysEd, reading, writing, arithmetic and geometry.

    There should be real tests of flexibility in PhysEd, not just showing up to throw a rubber ball around.

    There should also be tests of basic ethics.

    After that, whatever you study should be your choice.
    Last edited by Carcano; 12-22-07 at 06:17 PM.

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    Is reading considered English? Because without being taught to read, all the others are useless.

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    I agree with the ethics part but I think phys ed should be eliminated. Spend the money on getting the kid ready for life, not playing.
    Think about what you use/remember the most. Home ec is good for everyone. So is typing, business classes, and psychology. The rest is all individual preference for whatever their major will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carcano View Post
    From the age of 7 to 14 there should be nothing but PhysEd, reading, writing, arithmetic and geometry.

    There should be real tests of flexibility in PhysEd, not just showing up to throw a rubber ball around.

    There should also be tests of basic ethics.

    After after, whatever you study should be your choice.
    Don't you think 14 is a little too old? I mean, students may be overwhelmed with calculus, chemistry, physics, etc, when introduced to them after seven years of your description of school.

    Quote Originally Posted by Orleander View Post
    Is reading considered English? Because without being taught to read, all the others are useless.
    Really? I don't recall reading in gym class.

    Yes, reading should fall under English.

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    To me my most important subjects are Science, math, engineering class, english, and spanish. Although I also enjoy history. Phy Ed is very important since exercise is good for your body, reduces stress, and helps you sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kadark View Post
    Maybe that would fall under English?
    No, not necessarily - it all depends on where you live. For instance, English isn't taught much at all in China and other places as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Read-Only View Post
    No, not necessarily - it all depends on where you live. For instance, English isn't taught much at all in China and other places as well.
    well, I'm not gonna split that hair. Let's consider English to be Language.

    I'm still saying reading is the most important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kadark View Post
    Don't you think 14 is a little too old? I mean, students may be overwhelmed with calculus, chemistry, physics, etc, when introduced to them after seven years of your description of school.
    Not at all...is there any point in studying history if you cant read and write?

    Is there any point in studying Algebra if you cant do basic arithmetic?

    Ive known busloads of kids who graduate from grade 12 and cant write a good paragraph...and in some cases cant even speak english properly.

    I couldnt spell my way out of a paper bag when I got out of high school...and yet they gave me a diploma nevertheless.

    Additionally, I knew almost nothing about health and fitness...in spite of spending a decade in PhysEd.

    Its appalling.

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    Read-Only........


    When answering this poll I ASSUMED reading was already taught to

    everyone because it really isn't a course unless you put it with English

    which it is included with all of the time that I took English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler View Post
    Read-Only........


    When answering this poll I ASSUMED reading was already taught to

    everyone because it really isn't a course unless you put it with English

    which it is included with all of the time that I took English.
    My whole point is this: First, by labeling it "English" is restricting it to certain parts of the world. Second is that reading is taught very early on in school well before English is considered a formal course.

    And if a child fails to understand how to read, they will never learn much else in all the other various categories.

    In fact, many kids begin learning to read at home before they even enter school.

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    The Maths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killian_1_4 View Post
    The Maths.
    Did you just vote for your personal favorite subject or do you REALLY think that math is more important than being able to read and write your native language???

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    apples and oranges......

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