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The Destructive Influence of Imaginary Peers

The New York Times

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People grossly overestimate how much their peers are drinking, having unprotected sex and getting fat. Instead of exaggerating the problem, the best way to get people to take care of themselves is to bust that myth and tell them the truth: most people behave well.

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A Peek into Silicon Valley's Newest Bet: AltSchool

Bright Magazine

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AltSchools use a completely different education system, interconnecting technology and hands on experiments, to help students achieve a higher degree of learning.

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Demystifying the MOOC

The New York Times

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The creators of online classes hoped to provide quality education to the disadvantaged but have instead created an international supplement to classroom learning and tool for professional development.

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From slipping through the cracks to the college track

The Seattle Times

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Low-income students are at-risk for not completing high school or applying to quality higher education because they lack the guidance, encouragement, and practical support. The Rainier Scholars program in Seattle places fifth graders, who are all minorities, in special coursework through middle a...

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In India, Revealing the Children Left Behind

The New York Times

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Volunteers with the Annual Status of Education Report test children's math and reading skills in villages across India. While 96 percent of Indian children are in school, ASER reveals that many of them are not receiving a real education. "Learning camps" and grouping children by ability, not age,...

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Northfield program shrinks Latino achievement gap

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Minnesota schools began a comprehensive program aimed at assisting children of minority groups to successfully navigate the college application process and push them towards higher education.

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Kindergartens Ringing the Bell for Play Inside the Classroom

The New York Times

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As American classrooms have focused on raising test scores in math and reading, an outgrowth of the federal No Child Left Behind law and interpretations of the new Common Core standards, even the youngest students have been affected, with more formal lessons and less time in sandboxes. Washington...

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Lobbying for the Greater Good

The New York Times

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Big money has big lobbyists - but small lobbyists can also bring about big changes. Groups like Results and the Citizens Climate Lobby train ordinary people to approach and make arguments to politicians and journalists.

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In Colorado, Teaching to a Changing Climate

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Colorado has had challenges teaching climate change to elementary and secondary school students because of political divisiveness. Regional advocacy groups and professionals manage to teach climate change through engaging field trips, filmmaking, and outdoor learning.

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Instead of Student Loans, Investing in Futures

The New York Times

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For millions of students who could succeed in college, the limiting factor is money. Is it possible to finance higher education the way we finance start-up companies?

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