Results from Gallup's Work and Education poll, conducted in August, show Americans counting mathematics as the school subject that has been most valuable to them in their lives.
While 34% of respondents identified mathematics as the most valuable, 21% cited English and 12% science. The percentage of respondents giving mathematics top ranking decreased as level of respondent education increased, with 43% of those with a high school education or less identifying math as the most valuable, compared with 19% among those with postgraduate education.
Among the implications of the poll:
Those who want to see an increased emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) training for today's students will also be encouraged to note that math and science are two of the top three subjects Americans mention, but cautioned by the high ranking of English.
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