Phonics emphasizes the sounds letters and groups of letters make. Africa Studio/Shutterstock.com

There’s more than one good way to teach kids how to read

Two literacy scholars share their concerns about growing pressure on educators to emphasize phonics to teach reading. In their view, critiques of other methods often rest on a false premise.
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US and Iran have a long, troubled history

Some of the major events in US-Iran relations highlight the differences between the nations' views, but others presented real opportunities for reconciliation.
Numerous officers who served in the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet are caught up in a massive bribery scandal. Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Nicholas A. Galladora/U.S. Navy

A Navy scandal sheds light on the nature of bribery and the limits of free speech

A massive scandal implicating senior US Navy officers highlights what bribery is and how it happens. A law and ethics scholar at the US Naval Academy can't say much more than that, though.
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An old debate over religion in school is opening up again

At least six states have permitted the study of the Bible in classrooms, which could reignite a 19th-century debate that split US Protestants into liberal and conservative camps.

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