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Finish Two Years of College Before College

Bob Herbert describes programs in NYC that allow motivated youth to finish high school plus an associates degree in four years of high school. They head into college in the sophomore or junior years. NY Times http://nyti.ms/aYCbOL

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Skip College

The mantra of "to be successful, go to college" has skeptics. Some economists argue that for lowest performing students, the odds of completing college are so low they should focus on good vocational training programs. NY Times http://nyti.ms/buZwGT

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Think Like a Baby

Researchers show that infants can learn astonishing quantities of information because they are unable to focus - a quality adults at times would benefit from emulating. SEED Magazine http://bit.ly/dvmxvf

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Core State Education Standards

48 states are cooperating on draft standards for English and mathematics to facilitate testing and metrics. Via Gates Foundation http://bit.ly/9qSt4d

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Create Jobs by Fixing Crumbling Schools

Construction stimulus funding should be directed at repairing our crumbling school infrastructure. Highest rated idea on Change.org "Ideas for Change". http://bit.ly/aVJ0wT

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Link Classrooms Around the World to Study Oceans

The DigitalOcean program links middle and high schools around the world to sample, analyze and monitor ocean data. A MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition winner 2009. http://bit.ly/6p5bV7

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Get Education Loans Directly From Lenders Online

Swayam connects university students with individual lenders who are interested in promoting education. A Dell Social Innovations Competition winner 2008. http://bit.ly/6MxWKQ

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Customize Curricula to the Individual Student

The New York City "School of One" program provides curricula customized for each participating student. A Time Magazine "best invention" of 2009. http://bit.ly/6dOjeo

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Turn School Buses Into Mobile Classrooms

Take advantage of long bus rides by customizing school buses with laptops, internet, and other tools. NYTimes "best of 2008" idea. http://bit.ly/4Tn5Zn

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Don't Redshirt Kindergarteners

Researchers argue that "redshirting" kindergarteners (delaying school entry by a year) can have negative consequences for the child and society. NYTimes "best of 2008" idea. http://bit.ly/8SHis7

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Computer Language Software Detects Pronunciation Problems

Computer software for language training detects pronunciation issues and customizes training appropriately. >http://bit.ly/6zIBlm

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Online Education Business Model

Luis von Ahn of Carnegie Mellon has a new language learning site - that doubles as a translation service. MIT Technology Review: http://bit.ly/VfDNhz

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