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In China, Some Schools Are Playing With More Creativity, Less Cramming

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That First Paycheck Is An Exciting Moment ... And A Teachable One

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Why It's Never Too Late To Rescue Failing Students

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From YouTube Pioneer Sal Khan, A School With Real Classrooms

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A Hospital Offers Frequent ER Patients An Out — Free Housing

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Safety Product That Uses Fingerprint ID Likely To Irk Some Gun Owners

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These Graduates Beat The Odds, Now They Need A Job

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In Germany, Asylum Seekers' Medical Needs Are Being Contained

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At a one-room school in the Colombian Andes, students learn convivencia -- which means, more or less, the art of living together. Steve Drummond/NPR hide caption

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The One-Room Schoolhouse That's A Model For The World

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Young Hackers In Molenbeek Work To Boost Brussels District's Reputation

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Bitcoin Evangelist Touts Digital Currency As New Hope For Wall Street

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