Top Ten Most Important School Subjects


The Top Ten

1 Math

Everything in the world involves math or numbers in one way or another and there is no way that it can be avoided. Whether it is the programming of a video game or the price of things at the supermarket, numbers and math are everywhere!

Math is extremely important in our society. Number sense and arithmetic are so incredibly important that you would not get far without it. Pretty much all Science relies on Math and logical thinking, and they go hand in hand. Back in the Greek times, it was only taught to the upper class. These days, Math can be a grippingly complex subject at the higher end of study, but it still is extremely important for almost all aspects of life.

Math give chance to create a world with numbers. You can find this numbers in everything. Everything has a system, equal with numbers. Because math is very important.

Math is very good subject. Its not only in everything but it is very good for your logical thinking. A brain is like a muscle and Math helps it grow, great logical thinking, powerful brain (helps you a lot in other subjects such as physics) and more reasons! It also can be very fun. When your in primary school you get all these fun math games and cool stuff. Like I said before it is in everything no joke. You can go out of your house or look in your house for things with math. I mean if u can't find anything (practically impossible) here are some clues, look at the item does it have measurement or look at a different item. Can you see its width? I mean you learn math is in everything before high school. Math helps a lot of stuff including your brain and logical thinking. When you get to university (college) you study and study to get the job you want. It does not matter what job you get, a good one or a bad one. It's all about what made you get that job and how. Math is a great ...more

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2 English

By far the most important subject IN THE WORLD. Don't think

English is only for people who want to be journalists and authors, it's an important life skill to take on board from school, then on to Uni and then speaking in job interviews using correct English. Even in written questions in Science and other subjects give you marks for using good English now.

English is my least favourite subject but what I think is the most important subject. It's the world's international language and is everywhere it is absolutely needed for everything in order to be successful. You need it for job interviews to look good for the job, to learn other subjects well and even doing ordinary things like going to the shop. I find it extremely difficult at school to learn at a sophisticated high standard, and I much prefer maths, or a more logical subject, but you really can't live without English.

Although English is probably my least favorite subject, I still think it's the most ...more

No it maybe the second. Math is the most important. We are ruled by math. Are we ruled by English huh? - mathguy37

As a journalist, I voted for English but this is not due to me being in the field of journalism. I'm still young and I generally don't need to have the skill sets of a professional but English is one of the most important subjects in the whole world, it isn't such a difficult language to learn which is a huge plus for all of us, really! My father, who's in a fairly huge company in my country, does think English should be learnt by everyone!
Is it essential? yes, of course it is
Is it the best subject? I'm not particularly sure about it's importance and how far it ranks but what I am sure about is that it places high.

Welp, don't really care too much. My newly 12-year-old brain doesn't really need to know

English will help you in everything. Even math, you get better grades in every subject for better writing. WRITE PEOPLE WRITE.

It doesn't matter how good at science you may be; you will not get a job as a doctor, unless you are skilled in writing a detailed resume!

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3 Science

Science involves both reasoning and memorization, two important skills these days, right?

Honestly... I love science it's literally amazing and never boring

Literally how things exist; kind of important

The best subject that isn't ever boring. It's also highly important to many people out there, especially businesses. - 4Noobs

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4 History

If we don't understand what we did in the past, we are bound to repeat the same mistakes again and again.

Math - Mental Abuse To Humans.
I'm sure I have got dyscalculia.
But history has mysteries, do you want to be an archeologist.
True history not silly stuff like Noah's ark. (Ark Encounter)

History gives men lessons, it is the one thing that guides leaders and prevents us from making the mistakes made by those who came before us.

Commit game end - pyrocynical

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5 Physics

The study of everything

Physics has a lot of tricks up its sleeve. A memorable presentation each time and much to put thought about. Physics on the table is an honor no matter how difficult it might seem chances are there is something there by the end of each lecture or lessons. Much respect to teachers and professors which can represent the field properly. It is very cool afterward even more! - iliescu

Royal subject

Useless after the basics. I cried myself to sleep because of a physics test. - DumbWays2DieFan

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6 Geography

Not really important unless you want to learn about stuff that happened in history like WWII. It won't change your life. - Luckys

Historic epic are said in geography

Many of the decisions leading to the biggest mistakes of History were made around tables from which a Geographer was missing. It's time to credit the subject that literally spans the globe, studying every aspect be that physical or human (nature or society). It's far from just 'colouring in' and anyone who thinks that is just deluded.

You need to know this! Its our world (and you can answer any question about geography)

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7 Chemistry

Only useful for chemists - DumbWays2DieFan

If you don't know about danger chemical, you might have accident. - Chayawat

Yeah! It can maybe teach you how to differentiate a poison from a drink, plus, IT'S JUST INTERESTING!

Chemistry is also very interesting.

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8 Biology

Certain parts are - DumbWays2DieFan

Everyone need to study about animals and human's body to know how to cure the sick. - Chayawat

Your average person uses technology and IT far more than any sciences or any humanities

This is the most important science to me

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9 Computer Science

The world is in a technological revolution. Understanding the science behind computers and being able to code them will be an important life skill.

My tech apps teacher is the best. - Luckys

This game dodo

Seriously why is this 10th

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10 Physical Education

As PDHPE is my favourite subject (those who live in Australia know what it stands for), I think it is important as it is good to get outside and live life to its fullest like they always say. Sport makes you talented because it makes you feel more positive and you can actually prove that you're a real someone to the bullies (not offending anyone). I started playing sport since I was three. It was my passion and I wanted it to be my career. I wanted to play Rugby Union or be an athlete that can sprint long and short and jump long and high. I'm about to become a teenager and I still consider Sport/PDHPE as my favourite subject. I really love school and got A+, A and A- in every subject. So I do well in school!

But you could still express yourself with music, drama or art (for those who don't like sport).

In Australia, English is the only compulsory subject throughout out your whole high school life. But if you go to a private school (like me) then Religion and English are ...more

It is actually the most useless subject. Who needs to learn about exercise?

I think that in NZ, We already have too much of PE, and not so much of academics.

Physical Education is more important than any other subject. It doesn't matter if you're a math whiz or great at history, being inactive, could impair your ability to live life to its fullest. And it isn't just being overweight that's a risk. If you are not taught how to move your body, the inactivity can cause blood clots, diabetes, heart disease, and a host of other problems.

Physical Education boosts confidence and can prevent teasing and bullying. Exercise can also prevent depression. When you move your body around, it releases endorphins. They dull your perception of pain, and they also cause a reaction in the body that makes you feel more positive.

Exercise is also a great way to let go of anger, or sadness, and some types of exercise can even help express feelings. Dance, in particular, helps express things without actually telling them to anyone. A lot of Physical Education is sports. The effort involved in sports can teach teamwork, strategy, and split-second ...more

PE cannot cure depression and improve social conditions for the outcasts, as people will just discriminate the nerds more for physical inability, worsening the condition. - MChkflaguard_Yt

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The Contenders

11 Algebra

This is in math, right?


Algebra is a category in math. Why is math and algebra separate.

Because your totally gonna get stopped on the street and held at gunpoint by muggers demanding you know how to expand brackets or some thing

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12 Economics

Economics is essential especially in the modern world where resources are becoming increasingly scarce. Better understanding of this subject ensures that students are more conscious of their everyday economic decisions and their greater implications.

Economics is such an undervalued field that incorporates all disciplines such as math and sciences. Plus it allows individuals to think critically. That's why most lawyers, politicians, and wall street executives have extensive knowledge in this field. You don't know how the world truly works until you study the economy.

It should be more important because it teaches how to save up money, get profit, and eventually a house. And not live under a bridge begging for money. It should be a necessary subject.

It is one of social science that good for the basic of entrepreneurship

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13 Health

Come on! You need to learn about this so you wouldn't die at age 29.

Definitely needed

14 Art

So many people limit themselves by not developing their own artistic ability, being creative is so important for future careers

It's only boring if you're forced to create something that you don't feel expresses anything. Most schools will enforce you to create things they want, not what you can get creative with. - 4Noobs

Art is a simple way to draw your feelings and express yourself. There are a lot of ways in which art can change the world. It may take a while for poeple to realize this but art is very important for you, wether you like it or not.

(This was when I was in year 7 / 6th grade)
I used to be a distracted, always-bored person (at school) - I honestly didn't care about my grades (they were below average).
But when I was on a school tip to an art museum, I was literally fascinated at the ; everyone thought that there was something wrong with me. Then I had this big motivation to start drawing, so, I did. Then everything changed. I was a lot more focused, I had more comradeship with others, I smiled more (and laughed) ; I pretty much, transformed to the type of person I wanted to be.
Soon or later, my grades went up, I was one of the smartest in my year (I am in year 8/ 7th grade).
Art being my hobby now, it has increased my interest for learning and made me more empathetic towards others - thinking before speaking.
I think art should actually be in the top 5.

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15 Psychology

As social beings, we need to understand the interactions and long term effects within our world. We are all capable of genius work but our brains shut down without the proper training. Our generation lacks motivation. People think our answers are beyond physical potential. The issues are within ourselves. We are using up all our resources. Scientists already decided we can't change. Steven Hawking said our survival skills that once helped us are what are killing us now. I think we can evolve psychologically to get satisfaction from commitment. From restrictions which will allow humanity to endure. Edison said eventually we will all have to adapt a vegan diet. Anyways, we ignore all these issues. We want to fix the world but we can't fix our own person. Psychology and sociology are vital.

Psychology is so important, in the way of how humans communicate with one other, and learning how people would feel under certain situations. Psychology is also important because of it's applications to Anatomy and other scientific areas of study that are useful to understand in order to get a better outlook on the why and how humans act and think the way that they do.

Psychology is a very important subject that everyone should learn. Knowing how the brains and minds function is very important for social careers as well as government and scientific careers.

Well I'm going to be a psychologist - Pony

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16 Writing

One percent are u kidding me people who made this you dum

Writing is awesome y 15 idiotes stupid your dum

We have keyboards - DumbWays2DieFan

Writing is a great joy in life and everyone should see how important it is - Swiftdawn

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17 Music

Counter to what someone else stated, music IS important in the future. Firstly, without music, many subjects like Film studies and Dance would lose its meaning and other subjects such as Drama is also quite reliant on it.

In addition, Music is connected to a vast majority of other subjects in many ways. For example Psychology and therapy. It is possible to become a music therapist with knowledge in both. And furthermore subjects like Geography and Psychics; looking at waves and how they work connects with how they work in Music and knowing it for one subject can easily aid understanding in another.

Furthermore, music is HIGHLY influential in current society today. lots of people listen to music, whether that be while revising, walking, playing games or even just listening to it. And it has taken a drastic change over the years too.

Some even argue that Music is an escape from the world or is useful to solve societal issues in the world. So yes, music is quite ...more

Music is not useful in future

Should be optional - DumbWays2DieFan

I love music and I think it's something everyone should have. Personal opinion :))

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18 Home Economics

Should be taught so we know things for our future life.

How are you going to take care of your life if you can't take care of a baby?!?

19 Language

I find it difficult to believe that this is so low on the list - below economics, art and music which are such specialised subjects.

Learning another language will get you further in life than is immediately obvious. Being bilingual increases your employability rate (which is actually related to real life, believe it or not) by a marginal rate, and increases any potential target audience by tenfold. And here’s the other thing; languages teach things that teachers neglect, like memorisation techniques, information retention, heck even interpersonal skills, and your perspective on your culture and others shifts completely. Languages are literally the thing societies are built on - I mean, what more could ask from a school subject? Vote up y’all.

It's an important life tool and, honestly, if you learn to be fluent in a language, chances are you won't forget it after you graduate if you keep in practice. Learning a language opens the door to millions of other people and experiences, and can help you to understand the world around you. You can use the Internet to find out about nearly anything on the whim these days, but language is the one thing that you can't just Google. You need to fully understand it in order to make proper use of it, making it a VERY important school subject.

Very important in life, people will think highly of you if you speak well - Swiftdawn

Useless - DumbWays2DieFan

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20 Reading

I can read on my computer - DumbWays2DieFan

I love reading! This is a very good subject - Swiftdawn

Are you kidding me? This is the worst subject at school and it is too complex to get an A on this. It is important but the reading questions are way too hard and boring. I get bad grades on reading and even others in my class think it's too hard. I can get A's on other subjects which I do but reading, NEVER!

I think that reading is the most important subject! You can barely understand a thing if you don't know how to read!

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21 Social Studies

Boring as hell - DumbWays2DieFan

People learn more about their world and how they can contribute to it - a great subject.

Because it's a study of people. And we are a world of people with different options and ideas.

I thought social studies is practically history. Yet there is a 7 placing difference. Something is wrong with this world. I will fix it and you will read it in that history book.

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22 Mechanics

Wow! As in fixing cars? It looks like those students are able to fix cars very quickly (sarcasm).

Doesn't anyone else wonder about how that super cool car works? At least be interested in that complex system of the locomotive. Take it a step further and you'd be hooked in no time.

YES YES YES! Mechanics and inventing are so important!

It is just the best

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23 General Business

Definitely very important - Swiftdawn

We need to have Technical Colleges again for the kids that have the need to express their capability. When I was 11 years old I went to one of these colleges. The best thing that ever happened to me.


24 Astronomy

Couldn't take it in high school because I needed to take an AP class to get into it. Although it was a subject I was extremely interested in and knew how to work with, I just never had the ability because of an AP class blocking my abilities. - 4Noobs

Astronomy is an extremely important subject because it gets us all interested in science education. Astronomy also helps us avoid a eventual destruction on Earth by transitioning to the stars. Astronomy also helps develop spin-off technologies which aid in the development of modern technology. One example of this is the GPS or the MRI scanning system.

Insteresting but not useful - DumbWays2DieFan

Astronomy is the best, most interesting subject I've ever studied. I've been so fascinated with it since I was a really little kid. Someday, I'm going to put my astronomy and math smarts to the test and work for NASA. If you love astronomy like me, you're awesome! If you think astronomy is stupid, get off my lawn! - RockFashionista

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25 Foreign Languages

English is the most universally spoken language in the world. Scientists are even starting to debunk that even aliens might speak English or something similar to it. - 4Noobs

I speak fluent English, French, Arabic, Hebrew, and some Spanish, people admire for it - Swiftdawn

It's incredibly more important than many people might think all other countries you will see kids wandering around speaking by the age of 7or 8 about 2 or 3 different languages

Did you know French and English are the most spoken languages on Earth? Both are spoken on all continents!

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26 Religious Education

i love it

I think Religious Education should be a lot higher up than Number 22. Religion teaches people the meaning of life.

I never had RE so I don't know - DumbWays2DieFan

Religion only if you learn kind, tolerance, forgiveness, love (not sex love for pleasure only) and compassion. Then no question religion in the key or most important study for every body. Specially if you can not help other, you must not hurt other. That's the most important in our life even not hurting any types of animal. Because all beings are looking for happiness not suffering. We the human are very selfish like killing and eating any kinds of meat. That is really unsevilize. Please think deep on this eating meat, eating other life and also bad for your health. Lose lose lose. Thank you for your kind considered on stop eating any types of meat.

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27 French

We are lucky to have language classes, in the era of Baby Boomers when they went to school only the brain boxes did languages. With their A or A+

Language classes are useless - DumbWays2DieFan

Well, not really for me cause I'm already fluent - Swiftdawn

Did you know in the past when they used the cane, O levels before GCSE. French, any languages were only classes for the most intelligent kids. The ones who probably got more A's than the other kids.

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28 Life Skills

We need life skills or economics to know how to do stuff

I just commented why is it not showing


I disagree

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29 Drivers Education

As a avid rider (of motorcycles) I believe that this is the most important class. There are a lot of idiots out there and we need to teach them some good rules of the road.

Really important

30 Logic

I don't know how logic came 30 logic comes in many different ways and is very important.

Logic is an important subject. This is because it is important to learn how to reason logically and well; it is a very useful skill to have in life! You wont get "stepped on" if you know how to properly articulate yourself.

Where in the world is Logic considered a school subject? Anyway, it should though, because we always need it.

Do everything logically. For sure you will rise in the future.

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31 ICT

Why only 22?

ICT is the most important subject as in today's world technology is on the peak and in everything technology is used and that is operated by computers... So that's why every person should know how to operate computers so it would be easy for them to operate any new technology gadget.

This should be at the top or slightly below maths. Sciences and humanities are pretty much useless in real life unless you have a job concerning them which pretty much no one does

Get rid of "computers" and put it under ICT so you don't split the vote of an important subject

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32 Sexual Education

Weird but cool

It's not important for every day life, but knowing what's taught in this class and remembering it can be life-saving. This class teaches you all you need to know about sex, it's risks, and how to avoid them. - listotaku17

I was in sexual education. It was just boys in there. I remember my cousin asked the teacher in sexual education " Will we be learning about our balls." All the boys in the class busted out laughing. The teacher got mad at him too. - 23windomt

Well I guess learning this is good for safety. I have a boyfriend and take this, important but not CRUCIAL IN EVERY DAY LIFE - Swiftdawn

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33 Ethics

Need to have values to become a human

Extremely important

Um... Yeah! Duh! This should be higher people!

34 Food Tech

We need to know how to cook and understand what food we're putting in to our stomach's to enable a healthier life. Cooking yourself saves money and time.

Everyone should know how to cook. You use it everyday so it is important


35 Philosophy Philosophy

Philosophy is highly important in today's society. It's a pity that a major in philosophy can't get you further than a job at Mickey D's, though. - 4Noobs

Best to know, since we all know nothing.

I'm honestly surprised that absolutely no one decided add in the subject that teaches you how to think. The closest thing I found in this entire list was logic, which is a major part of philosophy, but there is so much more. It teaches you to question morality, religion, science and art, as well as makes us question who we are and what it means to be human. Becoming interested in philosophy in high-school is what led me down the academic rabbit hole and now I care about learning diversely about everything in this fascinating world of ours.

Everyone need to learn it to think better

36 Design And Technology

Top 5 for me

Should be in top 10 peple!


37 Drama

Seriously what's not to love about drama? You build confidence, you lear to co-operate and collaborate in a team. You get to use you imagination all whilst being someone you would rather be. Plus it teaches you that it actually is alright to be yourself, even if that means singing the entire score to Les Miserables in public by yourself. (Not that I would EVER do that...*backs slowly and slightly awkwardly away into the darkness*)

I agree with the comment below me, also, I love Drama! - Swiftdawn

Drama boosts confidence and has made me have blowjobs 10 times a say now

I think drama is important else what would you use to convince your parents to give 1000 bucks for the latest smartphone!

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38 Greek

The Greek language is a foundational language upon which almost all of the modern languages are based, therefore making Greek the most essential language to learn. Not only the language, but also the culture of Greeks, ancient and modern, extremely resemble the American, English, Canadian, and Greenlandish cultures, making the Greek culture another essential subject for study. These reasons and more make Greek language, culture, cuisine, wildlife, and culture the most important school subjects by far.

Not Important

39 Arabic

Arabic is a growing language, and it could be useful to learn especially if you look forward to purse a career in politics or business.

I know Arabic

I don't understand it. TT~TT

40 Mandarin Chinese

I was never interested in Chinese until I had the chance to travel to China and experience it for myself. I
would recommend to study as Chinese will probably the language of the future

Chinnese Language Is Complicated As Hell

Chinese sucks

This is a fun and important subject

41 Handwriting

Pretty important - Swiftdawn

I think it is pretty important.

I think it's important to me

No one cares about fortnite xddd

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42 Cooking Class

It only teaches how to make unhealthy snacks like cakes or biscuits - DumbWays2DieFan

No! You bake cakes and biscuits/cookies. Cooking is like pizza, fries, burgers, etc. - Ilovestephanie

This should be number 1. It's very important because you shouldn't rely on others to cook for you or fast food all the time.

I like cooking but it isn't to important - Swiftdawn

What if you want to become a parent one day? Are you going to eat out all the time? Personally, I love home cooked meals--they're my favorite.

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43 Entrepreneurship


why not?

44 Urdu

Top 4th in the world

Epic language nice to learn

Not important

Yes I love this language now top 20

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45 Media Studies


Of course this should be higher

46 Accounting

So you can manage your income and expenses so you can be financially secure.

47 Gym

You need to go to the gym cause of you don't you might go be able to protect yourself if someone attacks you

You should be fit but my gym teacher basically just makes us run laps around the gym, yay - Swiftdawn

Useless waste of educational time needs to be much lower

What if you want to be an athlete

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48 German

It's not that important

German teacher: This is the easiest language besides English and Spanish!
Everyone else: The Conjugations aren't helping at all. - 4Noobs

It is not really that important

I think German is, but I visit every year.

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49 Computers

What! Computers should be in the top 5! Lets face it... No one knows computer programming or how to operate a computer for real! Having this knowledge will push you ahead of people and get you a great career!

Computers are sooo useful

People actally do


50 Values Education

Same as ethics... Should be much higher.


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