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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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TED's "Ideas Worth Spreading" Are Heading to E-Books

Get your mind blown all over again—this time by text. Select TED talks will now be available as concise, 20,000-word e-books.


Addicted to the simple genius that is TEDTalks? The popular video lectures have helped millions around the world learn about everything from the rise of China to parenting taboos. Now the renowned clearinghouse of free knowledge and inspiration is set to make its "Ideas Worth Spreading" accessible in another format—the e-book.

According to the TED Blog, e-readers like the Kindle and iPad make it easier for information to be based on consumer wants instead of publishing company profitability margins. To that end, TEDBooks launched last week exclusively on Amazon as part of their new line of Kindle Singles books.

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