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Why Alternative Education Needs to Go Mainstream

Dropouts in alternative programs get a personalized learning experience. Maybe if they had that in the first place they wouldn't leave school.

Research shows that alternative education—small learning communities, individualized, personalized instruction, a low student-teacher ratio, and support for pregnant or parenting students—works to get dropouts back on track. But ironically, notes creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson, current education reform efforts like the federal No Child Left Behind Act are "rooted in standardization" even though we know that a quality education should "be about personalization."

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Video: Education Rock Star Sir Ken Robinson Answers Your Twitter Questions

Have a burning education reform question for Sir Ken Robinson? Here's your chance to ask.

Move over, Ashton Kutcher and Diddy. There's a new rock star in the social media world: the renowned education and creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson.

Robinson's famous TED talks and the animated version of his latest RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) lecture have millions of YouTube views. But, say you have a burning education reform question you want to ask the man himself. Send it to his Twitter account and he might just reply in video blog form on his YouTube channel.

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Ken Robinson Skewers Education System, ADHD Epidemic

As standardized tests become more important, the number of ADHD diagnoses rises, says the creativity expert.

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Sir Ken Robinson is a favorite around these parts for his plainspoken assaults on our public education system. He's noted that the lack of focus on the arts in schools has created an army of people trained to be workers—many of whom won't be satisfied by whatever vocation they land in.

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