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Bacteria: Reading Practice 8 (discussion)

By | December 6, 2017

One day in 1676,  a Dutch scientist named Antony van Leeuwenhoek looked through a microscope what no one had ever seen before: bacteria. Bacteria, very tiny living things, exist everywhere in the environment and can only be seen through a microscope. On the one hand, bacteria are harmful. The word germs is used to describe harmful bacteria. Germs… Read More »

Being an Entrepreneur: Reading Practice 7 (discussion)

By | December 6, 2017

Entrepreneurship comes with its share of ups and downs. The most obvious advantage is the opportunity to be your own boss. Being in charge and making the important decisions regarding your business can be fulfilling, but it can also be challenging. Here are more thoughts on the pros and cons that come with being a small business owner:… Read More »

Working at Home: Reading Practice 6 (discussion)

By | December 6, 2017

These days more and more people prefer to work at home. With recent advances in technology, including the Web, email, intranets, modems, cheaper fax machines and voice mail, working at home has become a popular choice. There are certain benefits that you would love. Please consider the following pros and cons before you decide to work at home.… Read More »

Should Tablets Replace Textbooks?: Reading Practice 5 (discussion)

By | December 6, 2017

Publishing for the K-12 school market is an $8 billion industry, with three companies – McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – capturing about 85% of this market. Tablets are a $72 billion industry with 42% of US adults owning a tablet. As tablets have become more prevalent, a new debate has formed over whether K-12 school districts… Read More »

Animal Testing: Reading Practice 4 (discussion)

By | December 19, 2017

Animal testing is a deeply divided subject, with a great deal of passion, emotion, and ideas on both sides regarding the ethic of the practice. Some people support animal testing and some others oppose it. The scientific community is strongly in favor of animal testing. The medical breakthroughs that have occurred as a result of animal testing are… Read More »

Performance Enhancing Drugs: Reading Practice 3 (discussion)

By | December 9, 2017

Athletes use performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) such as steroids for various purposes. Some may use them for improved physical performance or alertness, while others like bodybuilders and celebrities may use them to increase muscle mass and for appearance purposes. The use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in sports has been a controversial issue. With the pressure to out-perform themselves… Read More »

The Pros and Cons of School Uniforms: Reading Practice 1 (discussion)

By | December 22, 2017

Researchers are divided over how much of an impact – if any – dress policies have upon student learning. A 2004 book makes the case that uniforms do not improve school safety or academic discipline. A 2005 study, on the other hand, indicates that in some Ohio high schools uniforms may have improved graduation and attendance rates, although… Read More »