Why I want you to be able to explain yourself…

I am sure there are those who will say I know nothing and others who will say I am wrong…

Being able to “defend your argument” or present your facts, is not just me:

Parents can expect to hear the word “evidence” a lot under the new Common Core State Standards — beginning in the earliest grades. As the standards are rolled out in schools across the country, even very young children will be expected to provide evidence to demonstrate how they know what they know. In kindergarten, for example, students may “show evidence” by pointing to pictures in a book they’re reading. In math, they may stack blocks to show that three plus three equals six. By the fourth grade, kids will be asked to write argument papers with multiple reasons for their opinion, each with concrete pieces of evidence.

http://www.greatschools.org/common-core-state-standards/7895-common-core-standards-reading-and-writing.gs?cpn=20140302weekly

The paragraph above is but a section of the whole article the link will take you to.

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