Mercer University

Mercer University is one of America’s oldest and most distinctive institutions of higher learning, offering rigorous programs that span the undergraduate liberal arts to doctoral-level degrees. Founded by early 19th century Baptists, Mercer — while no longer formally denominationally affiliated — remains committed to an educational environment that embraces the historic Baptist principles of intellectual and religious freedom.

With more than 8,600 students enrolled in 12 schools and colleges on campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah; three medical school sites in Macon, Savannah and Columbus; and at three Regional Academic Centers around the state, Mercer is ranked among the top tier of national research universities by U.S. News & World Report. Our more than 80,000 alumni are making important contributions to their professions and communities throughout Georgia, the Southeast and the world.

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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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