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September 21st, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Communal homeschooling on the rise

By Carol Costello and Bob Ruff, CNN

“Isabelle, you're next. What card do you need to add to 10 to get what?"
Grade schooler Isabelle Hannon is learning how to add and subtract, but not in a classroom. She’s outdoors, at a beautiful Stillwater, Oklahoma park. She and her sister, Alyssa, are being taught not by a professional teacher but by their mom. And they’re not alone. The Franklin kids are there, too, along with their mom and dad who are also acting as teachers. 
Welcome to homeschooling 2010. It’s no longer a solitary exercise for many parents: it’s communal. Many families are now sharing ideas about teaching and taking turns as teachers. In effect, they’re creating their own “shadow schools.” 

September 21st, 2010
06:00 AM ET

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Western defense source: 9 killed in Afghanistan crash were Americans

(CNN) – Nine American service members died in a helicopter crash Tuesday in southern Afghanistan, where an international coalition has stepped up efforts against the Taliban, according to a Western defense source.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity when revealing the nationalities of the nine, who've added to the grim toll for Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to a CNN tally last updated Monday, 517 coalition troops had been killed in Afghanistan this year, including 341 Americans.

Even without the inclusion of the latest numbers, the figures make 2010 the deadliest year for Operation Enduring Freedom since it began nine years ago. FULL STORY

Iranian president to speak at UN summit

(CNN) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is among the world leaders scheduled to speak in Tuesday at a United Nations summit on global goals to fight poverty, hunger and disease.

Government leaders and heads of state are discussing the Millennium Development Goals, which they agreed to a decade ago. The goals have a deadline of 2015 and include a target for halving extreme poverty

Ahmadinejad is on a public relations offensive this week in New York, addressing the session on tackling world poverty, giving interviews and speaking Thursday in the assembly's general debate. FULL STORY

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