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Congratulations, Grade School Grads! Now Listen Up.  |   

NPR's Scott Simon thinks most students stop listening to adults — including their commencement speakers — by age 11. So for this graduation season, he gives life advice to fifth graders.

It All Came Down To 'Nunatak'  |   

The Scripps National Spelling Bee had drama, excitement and a lot of really hard words.

National Spelling Bee Crowns Co-Champs For Second Straight Year  |   

Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar went back and forth so long the judges were running out of words. Told he needed one more correct spelling to forge a tie, Gokul needed nothing but the word.

Does Less Latin Mean Dumbing Down? France Debates School Reform  |   

France has one of the world's highest dropout rates, and the reforms are meant to make the middle school curriculum more interesting. But critics say the changes amount to a "dumbing down."

Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them?  |   

Half the picture of student success is something other than academic. So why can't someone come up with a better name for them?

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