Friday, September 6, 2013
Math, Language Arts rated most valuable school subjects
According to a new Gallup Poll, women, liberals, and those with a postgraduate degree rate Language Arts as their most valuable school subject. Most others choose Math.
The question does not specify which level of school -- grade school, high school, college, or postgraduate study -- respondents should use in assessing the value of subjects. Thus, respondents were free to look back over their entire educational history to select the subject they thought was most valuable to them.
However, responses do differ according to Americans' own level of educational attainment, with math increasingly less likely to be mentioned by those with higher levels of education. Specifically, 43% of those with a high school education or less say math has been most valuable, compared with 19% among those with postgraduate education.