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Five things that will change education this year. 1 Laptops for all The One Laptop per Child computer is expected to dip to its lowest price ever in 2010, selling for a mere $75. Bonus: The newest model is also rumored to have a touch screen. Expect record orders for it in 2009, with Peru leading the..

Five things that will change education this year.

1 Laptops for allThe One Laptop per Child computer is expected to dip to its lowest price ever in 2010, selling for a mere $75. Bonus: The newest model is also rumored to have a touch screen. Expect record orders for it in 2009, with Peru leading the pack.2 NCLB revampedLook out for President Obama's dismantling of No Child Left Behind, the United States's colossal failure in education reform. In its place, expect better teacher pay and support for charters, but no vouchers.3 Germany: der allerbeste!Germany will try to secure its spot as "the Federal Republic of Education" when its federal and state governments come together to map out ways to implement their pledge to increase spending on schools, reduce dropout rates, and other goals.


4 Higher learningWatch and learn as attendees at Unesco's World Conference on Higher Education ask tough questions about the role education plays in national development (think China) and sustainability efforts.5 Literacy to the foreThe U.N. will use its global action week in April to highlight its goal for global literacy by 2015. As it stands, 20 percent of adults worldwide-two-thirds of them women-still cannot read.

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