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Available on:
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Year Released:
 2011

Teachers matter. A lot. Studies show that students with the best teachers learn three times as much as students with the worst teachers.

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Available on:
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Year Released:
 2010

College students spend a lot of time listening to lectures. But research shows there are better ways to learn. And experts say students need to learn better because the 21st century economy demands more well-educated workers.

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Available on:
Online Video
Year Released:
 2009

The business of higher education is booming. It's a $400 billion industry fueled by taxpayer money. But what are students getting out of the deal? Critics say a worthless degree and a mountain of debt. Investors insist they're innovators, widening access to education.

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by John Stossel
Available on:
Online Video
Year Released:
 2005

For ABC's 20/20 show, reporter John Stossel investigates why public school students in America, seem to be less well-educated than their counterparts in the rest of the World. He believes that they are not less intelligent, but are actually receiving a lesser quality of education across the board.

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Available on:
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Year Released:
 2004

Declining by Degrees looks at what's really going on in higher education. This monumental project gathers sixteen essayists that ask tough--and long overdue--questions about our colleges and universities.

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Available on:
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Year Released:
 2008

The Perry Preschool Project is one of the most famous education experiments of the last 50 years. The study asked a question: Can preschool boost the IQ scores of poor African-American children and prevent them from failing in school?

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Available on:
Online Video
Year Released:
 2011

Narrated by Matt Damon, American Teacher tells the collective story by and about those closest to the issues in our educational system -- the 3.2 million teachers who spend every day in classrooms across our country.

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Available on:
Online Video
Year Released:
 2011

Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States quit high school without diplomas - an epidemic so out of control that nobody knows the exact number.

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Available on:
Online Audio
Year Released:
 2011

Digital technologies and the Internet are changing how many Americans go to college. From online learning to simulation programs to smart-machine mentors, the 21st-century student will be taught in fundamentally new ways.

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Available on:
Online Video
Year Released:
 2012

FRONTLINE correspondent John Merrow was granted unprecedented access to Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the Washington, D.C. public schools as she attempted to fix a broken school system.

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