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    There are often debates surrounding the importance of different subjects, and whether different ones should or shouldn't be taught - but what would you consider to be the most important aspect of education? Why?
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    (Original post by shadowdweller)
    There are often debates surrounding the importance of different subjects, and whether different ones should or shouldn't be taught - but what would you consider to be the most important aspect of education? Why?
    It helps you understand the basics of every field so you have an idea of where you want to go into later in life, and also gives you the basic skills for employment and everyday life in a sense (Maths, Science and English GCSE in particular), it is an important stepping stone sometimes, but other times it can really be useless practically in certain circumstances.
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    (Original post by shadowdweller)
    There are often debates surrounding the importance of different subjects, and whether different ones should or shouldn't be taught - but what would you consider to be the most important aspect of education? Why?
    Coming out with a piece of paper that has a grade on it.

    Unless every university or employer stopped looking at grades, then the point above remains the most important one,
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    (Original post by Blue_Cow)
    Coming out with a piece of paper that has a grade on it.

    Unless every university or employer stopped looking at grades, then the point above remains the most important one,
    This is the reason many argue the education system is flawed and fails kids.
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    (Original post by Chaz254)
    This is the reason many argue the education system is flawed and fails kids.
    I agree.

    However, that's the system for you and we all have to deal with it/be realistic :/
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    It's depends on the difficulty, are we talking basics here or specialising in certain subjects? The two basic subjects that are essential to everyday life are probably English and Maths, I don't remember learning anything in junior school science so I personally don't think it was useful for me.
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    Math is the cornerstone of Education.
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    Most important aspect I'd say is providing flexibility in embracing new concepts and ideas (since our surrounding is constantly changing)
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    (Original post by shadowdweller)
    There are often debates surrounding the importance of different subjects, and whether different ones should or shouldn't be taught - but what would you consider to be the most important aspect of education? Why?
    I interpret this as education (regardless of how it is derived) and not school.

    When you mention subjects can they be anything or are they restricted to subjects taught in schools?
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    (Original post by Arran90)
    I interpret this as education (regardless of how it is derived) and not school.

    When you mention subjects can they be anything or are they restricted to subjects taught in schools?
    Either - if you want to relate it to school then that's fine, but I was also looking at a broader side of education too!
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    How we define importance depends on what purpose we see education as having. If formal education is for equipping young people with skills and knowledge for the workplace, then academia and current developments in academic thinking should be reflected in teaching, that is the most important aspect of education: making sure it's up-to-date. New technologies being the best example of that.

    If we instead see the purpose of education as allowing young people to develop their own curiosity and learn naturally, evolving their personality and identity to be developed citizens, then PSHE and associated education is the most important aspect. I would extend this to performance arts subjects too. It's important for children to have an outlet for their emotions, and providing them with that opportunity through drama, art, music and dance is so so helpful to those who are developing emotionally. Issues about identity, which to me seems so prevalent in this century, can be supported through greater funding in these areas.
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    Most important aspect I'd say is providing flexibility in embracing new concepts and ideas (since our surrounding is constantly changing)
    Hear hear.:yep:
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    (Original post by Blue_Cow)
    Coming out with a piece of paper that has a grade on it.

    Unless every university or employer stopped looking at grades, then the point above remains the most important one,
    I think you are right there. I have discussed the question many times amongst parents and the home educating community and conclusions are that all that matters after primary school is acquiring pieces of paper with grades on them. It's just the way that British society and the economy works where qualifications and grades are more important than knowledge. Employers often don't have the faintest idea what the school curriculum is and what is, and isn't, required to get an A* grade.

    A staunch liberal once told me in a discussion that the education is the reward. I tried to argue against this in that some students do not enjoy what they learn at school or feel that it is of any use to them in future life regardless of whether they take an exam in it or not. In such cases they have wasted their time that they could have spent learning something more interesting, useful, or both.
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    I think that there is a mismatch in expectations between parents and the government.

    My experience tells me that a significant proportion of parents consider the social aspects of school to be very important. One of the most common questions fired at me whenever I mention home education is how will children socialise and learn social skills. Successive governments have looked at schools as a purely academic institution; children are only evaluated on their academic performance; and educational reforms have been academic in nature. Have successive governments been barking up the wrong tree for decades?
 
 
 
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