What is the most important subject taught in school?

Discussion in 'Science & Society' started by Kadark, Dec 22, 2007.

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Which is most important?

  1. Mathematics

    17.2%
  2. English

    13.8%
  3. Biology

    6.9%
  4. Chemistry

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Physics

    3.4%
  6. History

    6.9%
  7. Social/Global Studies

    1.7%
  8. Economics

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Physical Education/Gymnastics

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Career and Life Management

    1.7%
  11. Philosophy

    3.4%
  12. Law

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  13. Geography

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  14. Geology

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  15. Software/Computer Courses

    1.7%
  16. All subjects are equally important

    20.7%
  17. Other (specified in thread)

    22.4%
  1. Read-Only Valued Senior Member

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    Oh, really???? And if you could not read and were odering fruit from a menu, how would you know you would be getting apples or oranges???? Have someone else read it for you?

    And if you could not read, how would you do your homework in math that involved reading problems (written out in words rather than just numbers)??
     
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  3. USS Exeter unamerican american Registered Senior Member

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    *Sigh* Read-Only, I think the only thing you do is Read-Only. You do not take time to think.
     
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  5. sly1 Heartless Registered Senior Member

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    I agree reading is very important.......wasnt trying to say it wasn't. However comparing all these subjects that are taught is much like comparing apples and oranges. Biases to favorite subjects will usualy determine who deems what important.
     
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  7. Read-Only Valued Senior Member

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    Nope. Again, the mistake is yours as I have pointed out to you numerous times in other threads. You seem to continually misunderstand what I have written, just notice one or two words, and immediately leap to some unfounded conclusion(s). For a recent example, wasn't it you who claimed that trolling and being insulting are the same thing? Obviously, a trolling post MAY also contain insults but not always - that hardly makes them the "same thing."

    I have two questions for you:

    1. Precisely what are you complaining about in THIS post?

    and

    2. Have you finished your basic education yet?
     
  8. Exhumed Self ******. Registered Senior Member

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    I think at some point in the past this was considered the most valuable thing. I think it was the Romans who said that grammar was the gateway to all other learning, and heavily emphasized it, but I can't remember.
     
  9. madanthonywayne Morning in America Staff Member

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    Agreed. I voted math because reading wasn't listed, and I hate voting "other". Reading is definitely #1, but math is right behind it. Next would be science. Then history.
     
  10. USS Exeter unamerican american Registered Senior Member

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    Gaaaaahhh I'm a high school student, with every right to be here! Why should that even matter to you anyways?
     
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  11. USS Exeter unamerican american Registered Senior Member

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    What you are missing is that maybe Sly1 was just making a joke when he said apples and oranges (unless he was referring to math).

    And I have one question for you: Why are you always the ONLY user that notices my behavior of jumping to conclusions?
     
  12. Read-Only Valued Senior Member

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    Oh, I don't know - just unlucky I guess. (And I'm not a user - I'm a member.)

    One reason might be that I tend to pay close attention to things and have an excellent memory for what's been said. Like in the "Google vs. Microsoft" thread where you claimed to be considering other factors. When I pressed you to list them, you ran away like a kid caught with his hand in the cookie jar by his mom. Clearly meaning that not only did you not have such a list, BUT you couldn't even think of a single one to tell me.

    Now THERE'S an example of talking without thinking! You should have kept quiet in the first place.

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  13. Read-Only Valued Senior Member

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    Just as I expected. And it has nothing to do with your privilege to be here but everything to do with your lack of experience in the real world. Don't worry, though, you'll gain experience as you get older. At least most people do.
     
  14. Sciencelovah Registered Senior Member

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    I choose all subjects are equally important , because one supports each other. For
    example, if people understand economics but do not understand law, they could get into
    legal problem. Mathematics is also very important, but without other subjects, it will just
    merely number. All subjects (natural sciences, applied sciences, social sciences, etc) are
    equally important.
     
  15. Read-Only Valued Senior Member

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    And so you are saying law, sciences, etc. are MORE important than learing how to read since they are all equally important?

    My point in thrusting reading to the forefront is that without it, the student isn't going to learn much at all of those other 'equally important' subjects. Therefore, it must be the most important of all.
     
  16. Sciencelovah Registered Senior Member

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    I did not say they are more important than reading. I said all are equally important
    (and necessary, if I may add). Of course reading is important, but one can make
    music or do paintings without ability to read and survive with that. We can communicate
    with our parents before we enter school or learn how to read. In ancient time,
    people who lived in Nile riparian zone in Egypt didn't go to school to learn how
    to read, yet they could establish irrigation system . :shrug:
     
  17. Read-Only Valued Senior Member

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    All of that is true, of course. But there is only so much demand for music and painters - ever heard of "starving artists?" And besides, we live in a VERY different world than the ancient Egyptians

    And there are very, VERY few jobs now that don't require being able to handle the written word! Unless you'd be satisfied to work all your life at Mickey Ds (and never operate the cash register) or dig ditches for living. The days of working in a factory, mine or other such things without being able to read are already gone.
     
  18. Sciencelovah Registered Senior Member

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    Yes that's true as well. However, there are various ways to get knowledge
    besides reading. For example, from this video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-q-XvxCvZM&feature=related

    one could get knowledge of tectonic plate without having to read anything.

    Of course illiteracy is closely related to poverty, but I will still say all subjects
    are equally important. To know how to read is important, but just knowing
    how to read doesn't make someone knowledgeable.
     
  19. Myles Registered Senior Member

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    Has anyone considered that there may not be one most important subject ?
     
  20. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    That's why this answer is in the poll.
     
  21. Myles Registered Senior Member

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    Thank you for that. My performance will improve when my new specs. are delivered
     
  22. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Here, gives a used pair through monitor, can you use my old ones?

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  23. USS Exeter unamerican american Registered Senior Member

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    And how does the question on this thread relate to experience? This thread is more of opinion rather than experience. I do have enough experience to know what subjects are important.
     

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