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 What is the Most Important Subject? (10)

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What is the Most Important Subject?

At school people are taught many subjects such as the core ones (Maths, Englihs and Science) and the others (DT, art, ICT, Geography, History, Languages etc.)


It is obvious that the core subjects are most important for some. But what is the most importand core subject? Then what about the others?

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Hello my name is Epifanio i believe the most important subject is math for the sole fact that it is the most useful and powerful object mankind has created as a whole this universal language that helped build the pyramids in the past, to the appolo rocket now. that is now powering my computer as i write and yours as you read, math is in its self the foundation on which our culture lives everything we use from intricate satellites to the simple toaster was made using human ingenuity and math. with math everything has to be perfect which inspires perfection in us which in itself is unattainable makes us strive against that barrier to build and understand the most important things. In my closing arguments i believe that math is the most important subject because it affects everyday life from the humble baker measuring ingredient's to the business tycoon predicting stocks,

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I agree, math is the most important core subject in my opinion. Sadly, when it deals with numbers and fractions, and the calculations of these, it is my least favorite to learn. I equate mathematics with logic and problem solving. Critical thinking requires considerable amount of deduction, problem solving and logic. And I consider critical thought to be of the utmost importance for an intelligent species. If only it (critical thinking) was one of the core subjects taught in school. In my opinion it definitely should be.

EDIT: Without words to formulate our thoughts, we would be lost and things like math and science could not be understood so i had to change my answer to language arts. It is essential in the learning process, regardless of how well you actually communicate. After language, then comes the good stuff like critical thought.

Well the core subjects are the core subjects for a reason, they are the base of what you need to understand most of everything else, I don't think that Math is more important than English, or what ever language your particular country speaks.

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Like ricedaragh, I agree that core subjects are called core subjects because they are all essential. But if I had to pick one subject as the most important, I'd say English, or whichever is the primary language taught at your school. Wittgenstein hit the point perfectly: "The limits of your language are the limits of your world."

We as a species communicate our thoughts and feelings to others with language far more than any other medium. No matter how much of a genius you are in other areas, an inability to communicate effectively poses a massive hurdle to having your ideas recognised and realised. And if you have difficulties with understanding what other people are explaining to you through language, you'll have trouble enhancing your own knowledge base. We even think largely in language - it's a crucial element in organising our thoughts. People who can't use language to sort out their thoughts have trouble figuring out what they really want to think.

Side: language
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Language arts and learning how to speak are two different things. We learn how to speak as children, and then we go to school to learn the core subjects, one of which being language arts which encompasses "reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing"

I agree whole heartedly that language is important, probably the most important as it gives us the medium in which to formulate our very thoughts. On the contrary however, my brother is illiterate, he cannot read or write well, he doesn’t know a lot of ‘big words’ and his grammar sucks, but he is one of the smartest people I know regardless of his southern drawl and inability to find the right word at times. Just because he cannot communicate effectively with another human does not mean he is not knowledgable about what really matters in life. He knows how to speak so language has obviously played a role (a very important one) in his thought process, but he doesn’t know how to speak as effectively as say a lawyer.

I guess that what I am getting at is what is a language without subject matter? Sure someone can learn proper grammar and bridge language barriers, but without any 'meat and potatoes' it’s just verbal diarrhea. A child can speak, churchmouse can speak, it’s the content that matters and that is not learned solely by knowing how to communicate or even read or write for that matter.

To reiterate, I agree with you one hundred percent, language is the most important. It’s just the beginning or the medium to learning the real material and therefore essential.

Side: language
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Yeah, it's not really information in its own right; it's more a tool by which you learn, analyse, and express information. If you're good at using words and not good at much else, you're all style and no substance.

And - referring to the other post you made - I agree that critical thinking comes a close second in terms of importance. In fact, I'd say language and critical thinking are so closely interrelated that a lot of the latter can be taught as part of the former. When I talk about language, I'm thinking not only of learning to spell and figuring out where commas go - that's only the bare basics of language. It also includes being able to craft elegant and purposeful writing, and to notice and appreciate the subtleties in other people's writing. Things like -

Can you adopt different styles and levels of formality depending on what you are writing about? Can you use words alone to describe a visual scene? How about to explain a mechanism, to express an emotion, to tell a story? If you read a long or complex argument, can you mentally reconstruct it into a diagram, a formula, or a series of premises and conclusions, so that you fully understand its structure? Can you spot bias or manipulative techniques in a writer's choice of words? Can you distinguish between opinions and evidence, between statements and arguments? Can you analyse your own arguments from an observer's perspective for flaws?

It's a shame that few educated people can answer "yes" or even "sort of" to these questions. It's not often that I grumble about "the good old days", but this is one of the exceptions... it used to be that rhetoric and logic were part of every schoolchild's (well, schoolboy's, in those days) core curriculum, but no longer. Somehow people have gotten the impression that in the technological age, arts like language have dwindled in importance. In fact it's more important than ever, since we are now encouraged to think for ourselves and to speak our thoughts.

Side: language
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I think the most important subject is Language Arts. I agree that math is important, but without substantial language skills, it would be very hard to secure certain types of jobs. You use language everyday, whether communicating face to face, over the internet, or even just writing a paper.

Side: language
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All subjects are important. I don't believe that any one of them must be underestimated. Science, social sciences, arts and commerce. They are all important. The World practically depends on all at all points.

Side: language

When it comes down to this question I would have to say both reading and math. The stuff in school what you needed to know died in 8th grade.

Side: Reading and Math
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I think that English helps to read and get through everything you need to do in life. Without English and writing you could not even perceive the numbers used in maths or any other subjects. Show me a subject without any English or imperatives and I shall show you a subject without any D.T.

Side: English