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Why Millions Of Kids Can't Read And What Better Teaching Can Do About It

The instruction many students get is not based on the overwhelming scientific evidence about how kids turn spoken sounds into letters and words on a page.

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Archaeologist Koji Iesaki holds a carved roof ornament excavated at the former site of the Jyokyo-ji temple in Kyoto, Japan. Iesaki and other archaeologists have their hands full as a pre-Olympic building boom has helped reveal centuries-old artifacts from the city's long history. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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Ahead Of 2020 Summer Olympics, A Building Boom In Kyoto Is Yielding Ancient Artifacts

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Cristina Scholl, first-grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary, uses a curriculum that mixes teacher-directed whole-class phonics lessons with small-group activities. Emily Hanford/APM Reports hide caption

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Why Millions Of Kids Can't Read And What Better Teaching Can Do About It

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Girls Picking Flowers Red Chamber
Hourglass Mammal Hands
In the Treetops Mammal Hands
Goodnight Peter Broderick
Low Light Peter Broderick
Postpartum Taylor McFerrin
Degrees of Light Taylor McFerrin
Sun Rays God Sense
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Autumn Leaves Brennan Villines

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