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Richard Close
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Why is academic curriculum still disconnected from the real needs of our communities?

Started Dec 14, 2012 0 Replies

How come we are not educating youth to create jobs rather than turn them out to find ones that may not out there? Why have youth working part time in a trade by the age of 14 and 80 % by the time…Continue

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Looking for Ning alternatives

Started Apr 28, 2010 0 Replies

I am a Ning Creator with seven Nings. Some are these are for poor African and US Homeless shelters.They just can not pay for this service and I need to port them over.I am exploring some of my…Continue

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At 4:09pm on November 11, 2009, Ashley Allain said…
Thanks for checking out my site! Thanks for the information. I looked at your friend's site ( and I agree! It would be wonderful to create a learning portal for homeschooling. It's funny, because that was one of my goals upon beginning my blog. I wanted a place for homeschoolers in our area to be able to stay current on educational trends as well as provide a hub to access resources. In addition, I enjoy creating lessons for both regular classroom teachers as well as homeschoolers that integrate technology, in what I hope to be, a meaningful way. I know teachers are limited on time and are currently being bombarded with new technology tools. Hopefully, on my site, they can find a few ideas to use along the way. Thanks again for your kinds words and have an awesome day!


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