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The regulations that govern much of education today, from pre-kindergarten to higher education, are focused on supporting the welfare of the educational institution, not the individual learner. They were written for an earlier model, the factory model of education in which the teacher is the center of all instruction and all learners must advance at the same rate, despite their varying needs or abilities.
—Report of the Web-Based Commission to the President and the Congress of the United States, Dec. 2000, 103.


Founded in 2002 to help people find and create new ways of learning and teaching, the Open World Learning Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation based in Duluth, MN, USA. Dedicated to the love of learning, OWL delivers a world of free and open educational resources to everyone.

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