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THOMPSON: Citizenship

Aobama_i_want_you The Army has a program where nearly all of it potential recruits get a GED within six weeks. The high success rate is attributed to discipline and the elimination of distractions. Why can’t we create a similar program for education where dropouts get help with their GED in return for working in community schools? How many twenty-somethings are still paying the price for being too immature in their teens to succeed in school, but who would be excellent mentors today?

Similarly AmeriCorp has provided 3000 Citizen Teachers to 44 schools, and it seeks to triple its program.  Volunteers "dramatically expand" the length of the school day, raising the aspirations and linking poor children with real world learning opportunities.  Volunteers include scientists to guide project based learning. - John Thompson

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