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The Homework Debate

October 30, 2017

In July 2017, families in Marion County, Florida, got some surprising news. “Traditional homework as we know it will disappear, at least for elementary students,” Heidi Maier said in a voice message to parents. Maier is the school superintendent. “Instead,…

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Debate

Do Kids Need Homework?

October 30, 2017

TFK asked two experts to weigh in on homework. Janine Bempechat teaches human development and psychology at Wheelock College, in Massachusetts. Below, she explains why homework serves an important purpose for students of all ages. Etta Kralovec teaches education…

People

Boy Scouts to Welcome Girls

October 23, 2017

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced on October 11 that it will admit girls. The new policy will begin next year. Girls will be able to join the Cub Scout program. It is open to kids in grades 1 to…

Weather

California Fires

October 20, 2017

A state of emergency was declared in California last week. More than a dozen wildfires broke out in the state. Most of them began on October 8, in Northern California. They grew rapidly. The fires were fueled by winds of…

Sports

NFL Protests

October 6, 2017

On September 24, more than 200 National Football League (NFL) players protested during the national anthem. They sat, knelt, or raised a fist. Some locked arms on the sidelines. Three teams stayed in the locker room. In 2016, Colin Kaepernick…

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Puerto Rico's Plea

October 5, 2017

Puerto Rico is trying to recover from Hurricane Maria. The storm struck the U.S. territory on September 20. The Category 4 hurricane knocked down trees and destroyed homes. It also killed at least 16 people. The entire island has been…

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Government

A Busy Congress

September 19, 2017

Congress returned to work on September 5. Lawmakers had been on a five-week summer recess. The House of Representatives and the Senate must address some major issues before the end of the year. They include aid for hurricane victims, funding…

Government

Crime Fighters

September 18, 2017

TFK visits an FBI facility to watch its agents in action. Seven FBI agents search a house. A criminal suspect is hiding in a bedroom. The agents send in a small, remote-controlled robot. It scans the path ahead. The robot…

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Weather

Surviving the Storm

September 1, 2017

Houston is the fourth-largest city in America. It is home to 2.1 million people. And it is underwater. Hurricane Harvey roared out of the Gulf of Mexico on August 25. It made landfall in southeast Texas. It hit as…

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Protesters gather in Boston on August 19 to rally against white supremacists and racists

Government

Marching Against Hate

August 21, 2017

Thousands of counterprotesters marched through Boston on August 18. It was in response to a “free speech” rally that took place one week after deadly clashes erupted at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. That rally was organized to…