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Enterprise file photo — Marcello Iaia

Special guests at school can make learning fun. Here, author Natalie Kinsey-Warnock helps a student with his writing. Julianne Kim stresses the importance of keeping programs for gifted students despite budget cutbacks. Amanda Thottam writes that students should learn and practice skills during class hours rather than being burdened with homework. And, Noah Cohen-Greenberg points out flaws in the new requirements to judge teachers by their students’ standardized test scores.