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  • Chinese students coming to US middle schools? It's starting to happen.

    Less than a decade ago, virtually no Chinese students attended American middle and high schools, but that is rapidly changing, as Chinese students seek a different educational experience.

  • How to fix America's worst schools

    One school in Chicago shows the promise and pitfalls of a federal effort to turn around the nation's bottom-tier schools.
    03/26/2011 01:51 pm

  • In Pictures Turnaround schools
  • Difference Maker Children who lend a helping hand show they can make a difference and change the world

    We highlight five kids and teens who are making a difference through volunteer opportunities, proving that helping hands can be child-sized too.
    12/27/2010 11:11 am

  • Ideas for a better world in 2011

    In many ways, 2010 is a year you may want to relegate to the filing cabinet quickly. It began with a massive earthquake in Haiti and wound down with North Korea once again being an enfant terrible – bizarrely trying to conduct diplomacy through brinkmanship. In between came Toyota recalls and egg scares, pat downs at airports and unyielding unemployment numbers, too little money in the Irish treasury and too many bedbugs in American sheets. Oil gushed from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico for three months, mocking the best intentions of man and technology to stop it, while ash from a volcano in Iceland darkened Europe temporarily as much as its balance sheets. Yet not all was gloomy. The winter Olympics in Canada and the World Cup in South Africa dazzled with their displays of athletic prowess and national pride, becoming hearths around which the world gathered. In Switzerland, the world's largest atom smasher hurled two protons into each other at unfathomable speeds. Then came the year's most poignant moment – the heroic and improbable rescue of 33 miners from the clutches of the Chilean earth. There were many transitions, too – the return of the Republicans in Washington and the Tories in Britain, the scaling back of one war (Iraq) and the escalation of another (Afghanistan), the fall of some powers (Greece) and rise of others (China, Germany, Lady Gaga). To get the new year off to the right start, we decided to ask various thinkers for one idea each to make the world a better place in 2011. We plumbed poets and political figures, physicists and financiers, theologians and novelists. Some of the ideas are provocative, others quixotic. Some you will agree with, others you won't. But in the modest quest to stir a discussion – from academic salons to living rooms to government corridors – we offer these 25 ideas.
    12/26/2010 12:56 pm

  • Harvard student who is accused of falsifying records pleads not guilty

    Adam Wheeler, a Harvard student from Delaware, pleads not guilty to larceny, identity fraud and other charges and ordered held on $5,000 bail Tuesday.
    05/19/2010 12:49 pm

  • Olympics: a maverick skier who could medal

    Andrew Newell is turning cross-country skiing on its head, literally, and is one of the U.S. Team's best hopes for an olympic medal.
    02/01/2010 04:25 pm

  • Opinion Does community service really change anything?

    Our group of teens discovered the answer is complex.
    12/29/2008 12:00 am

  • Opinion Schools' unrest over the AP test

    Elite schools are dropping it, striking a blow to public education.
    05/28/2008 01:00 am

Doing Good


What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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