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.

Charles October 02, 2012 at 01:17 AM
"Proof": So they can question the snowballing shoveled out by their parents. "Why?" and "Why?" and "Why?": So they can pin their parents into a corner when the parents try to brainwash them. "Science" "Excel" (electronic spreadsheet): So they can utilize the power of math in everyday life. [Kids should learn Excel before they learn cursive.] "Reason" "Rationale" "Logic" "Indoctrination" "Brainwashing" Teach them to question everything. Teach them not to accept anything unless there is a logical and demonstrated reason. Teach them their government and churches are out to mold their minds as their parents' minds were molded before them.
Pamela Thompson October 02, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Peter Schelden (Editor) October 02, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Thanks for your response, Pamela. Why charity?
Pamela Thompson October 02, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Hi Peter, I think that charity can begin at a young age. I have a son with autism and have been teaching him about charity in a way he can understand from a very young age. I don't have a large income but there are ways we can be charitable. One way is we take our bottles and cans to the Mission Viejo Animal Shelter, Charity doesn't have to mean giving money. Young people can learn that charity can involve their time and effort to good causes. Volunteering is another great word for them.
Pamela Thompson October 02, 2012 at 04:50 PM
PS--that sweet little boy in the brown shirt is my neighbor!!! I forwarded this to his mom. He is going to be ecstatic that he is in the "news"
Peter Schelden (Editor) October 02, 2012 at 04:52 PM
That's great! Thank you for forwarding this to her.
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 (Editor) 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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