The Most Important Subjects


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There are many different subjects that students take at school which will differ depending on the school and country. Many consider core subjects such as language and maths as being among the most important subjects.

Other traditional subjects such as history and geography are also considered important by the majority of people whereas other subjects like computing or physical education are viewed as less important. As times change and society evolves the importance given to different subjects is likely to change as well.


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  • subject (noun)
  • important (adjective)
  • education (noun)
  • history (noun)
  • mathematics (maths) (noun)
  • language (noun)
  • literature (noun)
  • Physical education (PE) (noun)

The Question

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What are the most important subjects for children at school?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to The Most Important Subjects
  • What was your favourite subject at school?
  • What subject were you best at?
  • What subject did you consider the most important when you were at school? Do you still think this subject is the most important today?
  • What subjects do you consider not very important to children's education?
  • Are there any subjects that you think should be introduced into the education system?

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