Wednesday, August 30, 2006

[TIPS] - Jimmy Wales and StandUp

This is another two-parter.

First, regarding wikipedia of yesterday's tip. This link: http://snipurl.com/vpfd is a video of Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia, at the TED Conference in 2006. (Would anyone care to sponsor me to go to the next one? It's only $4400. Let me know. :-) ) This short movie is EXCELLENT in telling you how Wikipedia works, straight from the horse's mouth, so to speak. No matter what your opinion of Wikipedia, you should give this a listen. DOWNLOAD it, rather than stream it. With over 1000 people getting these tips (and dozens actually READING them :-) ), streaming this video could bring the network to a halt in no time. Thank you!
Second, I don't think many would argue that America is in the midst of a crisis in education, and there is no shortage of reasons nor opinions why that is. This site, however, will give you some insight into the problem. http://standup.org Be sure to click the "I Want to Know More" link at the top and explore that area for a bit.
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STAND UP is a community-based response to America's education crisis.

We will STAND UP for great high schools that educate all students well.

We will STAND UP for America's future.

STAND UP is a national campaign to:

  • Give parents the tools they need to get their kids the education they deserve.
  • Mobilize all Americans to engage in the solution and demand policies that help all students succeed.
  • Ensure students receive the support they need to graduate from high school ready for college, work, and citizenship.

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