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Leafing aimlessly through the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s thousands of delicate pages will become a thing of the past. The company has decided to cease publishing its bound version after 244 years, scores of editions and more than 7 million sets sold.

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Truthdig asked Demitrious C. Sinor, an inspirational educator, to sound off on the state of our schools. He warns that unless the No Child Left Behind regime ends soon, America's classrooms could unravel. It's a reality that neither presidential candidate seems to fully understand, but one he sees every day, from where he sits.

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The author takes aim at the shortcomings of the contemporary American educational system, laments the current state of arts education, and wonders what exactly schools are preparing younger generations to do -- and become.

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The Wikimania conference is underway, and "mania" is just one word that's getting the wiki treatment. Consider these project announcements: "Wikiversity" and "Wikiwyg." More news on what's new in wiki via blogger Andy Carvin (via boingboing.net). Great story by Stacy Schiff in The New Yorker about the future of Wikipedia.

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