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What Word Should Third-Graders Learn?

The Elks Lodge recently passed out 4,000 dictionaries to local third-graders. If you could teach them a word, what would it be?

Atoms. Multiplication tables. The three branches of government.

Today's California third-graders have a lot of studying to do, according to the state of California.

Recently the local Elks Lodge assured their word power matches their other skills by passing out over 4,000 dictionaries to local third-graders. (See photos).

With everything else third-graders need to find out, Patch wants to know what word you would teach them.

Would you teach them something to help them in the future, like "education?" Or maybe a secret to happiness, like "weekends?"

What word do you think third-graders should learn, and why?

Give us your answer in the COMMENTS below.

Gabrielle Block October 02, 2012 at 07:24 PM
evidence - so that they can learn to evaluate what they hear and read, develop theories, and formulate arguments to support their views.
Charles October 02, 2012 at 09:08 PM
What if their parents tell them the most important word they should learn is "faith" and with it, "evidence" (or "logic" or "reason" for that matter) isn't needed?
CalLadyQED October 03, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Identity. Who are you? Who will you become? In what sense are you God's child? In what sense a member of your family? In what sense an American? In what sense a Californian? Why does third grade seem to define you?
Charles October 03, 2012 at 01:11 PM
"In what sense are you God's child?" We don't want to warp these kids' minds and turn them into brainwashed victims.
Peter Schelden October 03, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Those are some interesting questions, Cal. I'd like to see what third-graders had to say about them.

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