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Schools of a Different Sort: Five Alternative Educations

Some people aren't built to thrive in a lecture hall, and conventional schooling doesn't guarantee a job.

Every three months, GOOD releases our quarterly magazine, which examines a given theme through our unique lens. Recent editions have covered topics like the impending global water crisis, the future of transportation, and the amazing rebuilding of New Orleans. This quarter's issue is about work, and we'll be rolling out a variety of stories all month.

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Cities today have ballooned into near-uncontrollable masses of cement and cluster. If you live in a car-centric metropolis of some significant population, you know what I'm talking about (if not, then you're one of the lucky ones). The question is clear: What do we do about cities that are becoming unlivable?

Grist has a post that discusses the issues of the modern city, what is currently being done, and what can be done to curb these horrid conditions. Here's an excerpt:

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The image above evokes a certain reaction. It's a sense of claustrophobia, of overcrowding, and of a general impression of population excess. This seems to be how most of us are programmed to think about countries like China and India.

Lisa Hymas, senior editor at Grist, has written a reaction to a Mother Jones article that she claims "inappropriately frames" developing nations as main players in global population problems while ignoring the acts of wealthy western nations:

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