A bedtime story is a longtime tradition. What about a math, science or history quiz, though? George Marks/Getty Images hide caption

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Ashley Milne-Tyte reporting for 'Morning Edition'

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Stanford's Next Lesson: Free Online Courses For Credit And Degrees?

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Kimberly Payton, a teacher at the Small Savers Child Development Center, reads to a group of preschoolers in Washington, D.C., in 2010. Researchers say that teachers who make small changes in how they read to 4-year-olds can improve kids' reading skills later on. Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Small Change In Reading To Preschoolers Can Help Disadvantaged Kids Catch Up

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Friend Your Students? New York City Schools Say No

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The Real Price Of College

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Explosion In Free Online Classes May Change Course Of Higher Education

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"My mom opened the letter and she called me and told me I got the Marquis Scholarship. And she's like, 'It's a humungous scholarship!'" -Michele Tallarita Jacob Goldstein/NPR hide caption

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How Colleges Fight For Top Students

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