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Daily Reader: Edition #237

Learn 110 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the backlash against the SAT and ACT, what the rest of the world thinks of our government shutdown, and the future of Yosemite after this summer's devastating Rim fire.

1. What's Holding American Students Back? The SAT
Business Week, 10/3/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 43

Business Week: What's Holding American Students Back? The SAT

A few prominent education leaders have come out in criticism of the SAT and ACT college admissions exams. What are their concerns? Read more and learn vocabulary words like abstruse, cynical, elitist, irony, pernicious, propel, and stigmatize.

2. What the Rest of the World Thinks of America’s Shutdown
The Daily Beast, 10/2/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 35

The Daily Beast: What the Rest of the World Thinks of America’s Shutdown

The U.S. government shutdown is making headlines around the world. What do other countries think of our predicament? Read more and learn vocabulary words like charismatic, derision, fathom, lexicon, partisan, provoking, and somber.

3. Yosemite's burned areas are alive
Los Angeles Times, 10/3/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 32

LA Times: Yosemite's burned areas are alive

The timber industry is using this summer's devastating Rim fire near Yosemite National Park as an excuse to expand logging operations onto federal public land, according to this ecologist. Read more and learn vocabulary words like germinate, negate, obscure, perverse, regenerate, salvage, and suppression.

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