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.

Mental Abuse To Humans.
The only thing that is important is counting numbers, money and time.
and some people with that have special needs get over it.

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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.

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

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.

It's English we would know nothing in our society today if we didn't know how to read when you disagree with someone or something it's all English you're the counter claim but you use evidence to support why and we are talking about the most important subject in school that's all English we disagree with each other but we provide reasons why as text evidence and when it comes to MATH you're still teaching me English you're relating it to the real world and everyday life involves compare and contrast and text to text, text to self, text to world especially when it comes to the amendments my rights as a citizen.

It's the most universally spoken language ON EARTH. Of course It's more important than math.
Better to the understood. - 4Noobs

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3 Science

Simply the best subject by FAR. Science fulfills the purpose of the world/earth. It demonstrates to us how things work and why they do so. When you pronounce the word "Science" people think of it as a boring, sophisticated and complex subject but the truth is very different. Science is a subject full of joy and can be very fun if you think of it as an interesting subject. By far Science is the most mysterious subject because there are lost of things to be discovered and that what makes Science such as an important subject.

Science is so important. Everything is first discovered with Science, then Math. Science is the essence to everything. We wouldn't have computers, rockets and even televisions. People discover things by using Science. Math comes in so much later. You hear people saying 'Cells are living things because they respond to changes and can reproduce' That is Science. You don't hear people saying 'Cells are living things because there are a billion of them.' That's Math. Anyway, what is the subject that helped discover cells in the first place? Science. I think you might want to up the rank of Science in the most important subject.

Science includes a vast amount of subjects including biology, astronomy, computer science, geology, physics, and more. Science can teach us to use factual information in research papers which increases our language skills, science also uses applied mathematics to solve for world problems, and uses knowledge of social studies to make the present and future better. Science and math is everywhere and practically everything.

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.

I am obsessed with time. I feel nostalgic for a time period I didn't live in (the 1980's), but I am constantly yearning for the technology and characteristics of the future. History is so important because we have to prevent the past from repeating itself, which is very similar to what is often portrayed in time travel. (Back to the Future is a great example of this.)
You'd be surprised that I'm hoping and praying I pass history. - RockFashionista

It shows us how societies and governments are created and how they fall. We can use history to influence us today, so we don't make the same mistakes. Plus, it shows how everything came to be and what countries were like back then. - ethanmeinster

Commit game end - pyrocynical

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5 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.

Geography is our world, and if we don't understand it then we can't prepare for the future, such as avoiding a tsunami. It's affects us everyday without many not knowing it, and we need to understand societies and cultures. Geography helps us make choices within our planet.

Affects us everyday. If you can't understand and use the world for your good then we're going nowhere. If you can't understand it then god knows what OUR world is coming to. Development, preventing disasters, the environment, its GEOGRAPHY!

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

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6 Physics

Normally, I would automatically say Physics because it's my subject, but I seriously believe that it's the most important, as it's the underpinning of everything. See the list "top ten reasons why physics is the best field of science", on of my favourite lists for an explanation. - PositronWildhawk

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

Physics help us understand the natural world happens. - Chayawat

Royal subject

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7 Chemistry

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

Chemistry is also very interesting.

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

Only useful for chemists - DumbWays2DieFan

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8 Biology

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

Certain parts are - DumbWays2DieFan

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9 Algebra

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

Is it because it is boring to some that it is at ninth? Algebra is no different from advanced math.


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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

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

But this isn't the only one you need. Besides, you don't need the subject to learn much. Say the way you got exercise was running. You don't need the subject for that! You can go out with your parents! Even if you're not homeschooled! For math and language arts, it's incredibly helpful and usually needed to have a teacher( they need to correct our mistakes and show us the real way, right? ) That teacher can be your parent

You gotta stay fit or you will be addicted to hamburgers and T.V. and you will never go outside or run or do anything

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The Contenders

11 Computer Science

Computers dominate our daily lives now, from mobiles all the way to supercomputers, Computer Science/Software Engineering is an extremely important, yet clearly under-rated subject that teaches you how to think logically and is commonly used in conjunction with other important subjects such as maths, science and English.

YES! This should be higher, more like in the top 5!

This should be within the top 5, somewhere closer to mathematics. It is such an important skill to be able to have for future jobs in IT and Science, and Mathematics.

Cannot fathom how is PE above this. Being able to play dodgeball cannot build a technological utopia. Face it, jocks. - MChkflaguard_Yt

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12 Social Studies

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.

Boring as hell - DumbWays2DieFan

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13 Art

(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.

Humans have a natural desire to CREATE. It's the very core of what we are and everything that makes us human. Everything around you is art, whether or not you think it is. It is the product of a person who thought differently, someone who thought creatively, and was able to put it into a physical product. That is the true extent of our human mind, and if one can't think creatively, or mold your feelings into something tangible. You are a person stripped of your humanity. - keycha1n

Art helps relax the mind and boosts creativity if you are bored you can do some art otherwise you get very bored if your classmates laugh because you draw say why not draw!

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

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14 Economics

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.

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.

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.


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15 Health

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

Definitely needed

16 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.


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17 Writing

Writing is something that we as humans need in everyday life. Writing helps us think outside the box, and helps us expand our ideas. The more we write, the more we learn and think.

Writing is a way to express yourself and is a way to connect with others. It is a beauty how good writing can move you so much and great writing... Don't even get me started. If we can inspire other writers how much better could the world get?

Very important

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

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18 Language

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.

Whoever doesn't think that this is important is a complete idiot! Language makes you smarter and forces you to think out of the box. It fosters creativity and problem-solving, at the same time strengthening brainpower and logic and growing cells! Seriously! This should be higher dorks!

Language is 2nd place because if you go to other countries you need to know the language they speak and plus it's still English because they wouldn't know their language if they didn't know how to read.

Useless - DumbWays2DieFan

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19 Music

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

Music is an option in my school. I think everyone should have to do it. Music is the language of the world

I personally love music and wish to be a musician, but I disagree with it being mandatory because not everyone wants to do music. - 3DG20

Entertainments are good aren't it? - Chayawat

Where are you at sexy rockers?! �"�

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20 Home Economics

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

21 Reading

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!

Reading is the best subject ever! I love to read. Where would anyone ever get if they couldn't read. Words are everywhere, just think about it, Oh and by the way I always get Straight As in Reading P. Never once have I even got a B!

I can read on my computer - DumbWays2DieFan

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22 Mechanics

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.

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

YES YES YES! Mechanics and inventing are so important!

Very interesting

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23 Astronomy

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

I truly love astronomy! I was always interested in it.

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.

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

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24 General Business

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.

Definitely very important - Swiftdawn


25 Foreign Languages

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

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

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

U-S-E-L-E-S-S - DumbWays2DieFan

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26 Religious Education

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.

I personally as a citizens of the UK think that Religious education should be the top 5 most important subjects. This is because it teaches you about different coulters and religions in the world, as you may already know people are getting discriminated by the colour of there skin or even the religion they believe in

I think it's really important to have a basic understanding of world religions and it's super important as a way to understand yourself and others and I think it promotes understanding between people. I think this is a really underrated field but everyone should take at least 1 religion course at some point in their lives.

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

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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+

Why is it not : top 10

It's certainly very very important.. At least for me it is.

Language classes are useless - DumbWays2DieFan

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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

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.

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

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31 ICT

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

Why only 22?

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32 Sexual Education

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

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

Sex jokes... Why crack a few during class :3 because what teenager doesn't already know about sex though... ? -_-

Weird but cool

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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 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*)

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

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

Its awesome

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35 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


36 Philosophy Philosophy

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

Best to know, since we all know nothing.

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

37 Design And Technology

Should be in top 10 peple!


Top 5 for me

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 Handwriting

I think it is pretty important.

Pretty important - Swiftdawn

I think it's important to me

No one cares about fortnite xddd

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40 Arabic

I know Arabic

I don't understand it. TT~TT

41 Media Studies

Of course this should be higher


42 Cooking Class

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.

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.

We will cook pizzas meatballs sub sandwiches and burgers.

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

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43 Values Education

Same as ethics... Should be much higher.


44 Urdu

Epic language nice to learn

Top 4th in the world

Not important


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45 Human Relations

This should be in the top 20 I think... Learning this subject would help people be more respectful towards others.

Becasue now all we do is look at our phone


46 Accounting

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

47 Gym

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 Mandarin Chinese

This is a fun and important subject

Chinese sucks

49 Entrepreneurship

why not?

50 German

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

I think German is, but I visit every year.

It is not really that important

Not important

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