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Uruguay's Schools Give Each Kid a Laptop, While America Twiddles Its Thumbs

One-to-one laptop programs in America are still novelties. In Uruguay, all elementary students have had a laptop since 2009.

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We spend a lot of time here in America debating the merit of providing a laptop to every student. Maine is still the only state to have a one-to-one laptop program for middle and high school students. In contrast, many of our global peers see the writing on the wall and know that computer literacy and learning with technology can't be optional in the 21st century. In particular, Uruguay's been rolling out one-to-one laptops at schools since 2009 through their Plan Ceibal program. Now that almost all students have access to computers, the South American nation is thinking about how to take the use of them to the next level.

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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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