Recommendation 1 from ‘The Independent’

Article Name:‘Does Michael Gove really know what he’s doing?’

By: ‘Jane Smith’

An unreasonable approach to teaching

Summary:

The article talks about the new English Curriculum for the British schools and the ignorance on part of Michael Gove, the secretary of state for education. The writer expresses disappointment over faults in the education system, especially the new curriculum, talking about importance of phonics and its neglect in the new system, along with discussing the necessity of reading and writing, which too is being ignored in the new curriculum.

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Phonics: Teaching reading by training beginners to associate letters with their sound values
Incensed: Angered at something unjust or wrong
Fathom: Measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line

Recommendation 2 from ‘The Guardian’

Article Name:‘Gaza: an early warning of disaster’

By: ‘Robert Turner’

Preventing the Gaza catastrophe

Summary:

The article throws light on the perils and crisis situation that statistics indicate the state of Gaza will face in the future, regarding population and vital resources. The statistics concerning food, health and education recorded in 2011 are compared with the predictions made for 2020 are given, indicating towards a catastrophe, which can only be prevented by addressing the root causes rather than increasing the international aid.

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Profound: Of the greatest intensity; complete
Mitigate: Make less severe or harsh
Blockade: Hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of

Recommendation 3 from ‘The New York Times’

Article Name:‘On Being Nothing’

By: ‘BRIAN JAY STANLEY’

Join the Swirl of Activity

Summary:

The article is a philosophical one, in which the writer touches some important topics such as the need felt by us all to be acknowledged and appreciated by the world around us. Chronicling relevant parts from his own life, the writer tries to explain the rationale behind our actions, and why we should be a part of the world as an audience and try to be a part of the stage of life rather than feeling miserable and dejected by the lack of an audience for ourselves.

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Subsume: Contain or include
Paltry: Not worth considering
Vicious: Marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful.

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