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Is American Idol Making Kids Less Interested in Singing?

Some argue the show's competitive nature discourages kids from getting involved. But the problem might be much bigger than that.

American Idol is a ratings juggernaut. Last night, more than 21 million people turned in to watch the show's first hour, and a whopping 24 million people viewed the second hour. It's no surprise, the show's been getting those kinds of numbers for years. And singing competition shows are multiplying. Now we have The Voice with Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo, and the hit British show, the X-Factor will soon be coming across the pond. So are these shows getting kids interested in singing?

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Hey, Young People: Arne Duncan Wants to Answer Your Education Questions

A new youth-oriented contest is taking questions for the man in charge of American education policy. Have one? Get to asking!


The hashtag #askstudents is trending on Twitter today, and it's a reminder that the ideas and questions of today's youth need to be included in the conversation about how best to improve education. Fortunately, an exciting open-source democracy contest being run by national youth news site SparkAction! wants to put young people's questions in front of the man in charge of American education policy, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

The contest is being held in conjunction with the upcoming U.S. Department of Education National Youth Summit which takes place in Washington, D.C., on February 26, 2011. The summit theme centers around one central question: How can we meet President Obama's goal of leading the world in college completion by 2020? Summit registration filled up in 48 hours, but through the contest, young people across the country can still make their voices heard.

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