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Published: Saturday, Aug. 9 2014 6:00 p.m. MDT

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Dammam, Saudi Arabia

That is cool. I read a book called "Outliers". The author referred to a study where children from rich and poor homes were tested at the beginning and the end of the school year. Both groups advanced at the same rate during the school year. The children from the more affluent homes, however, advanced during the summer. The children from the poorer homes did not.

The point was it was not the quality of the teaching or schooling, it was what the students did in the summer time. If children are reading in the summer, instead of just during the school year, then they move forward.

Provo, UT

Each Saturday afternoon we seek Tongan speakers to help teach Tongan to English speakers serving Tongan communities. The interaction is beneficial for both languages.

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