Our motto here at The Motley Fool is "to educate, amuse, and enrich." We try to focus on all three of these in everything we do, from our online articles and newsletter services to our annual Foolanthropy drive and thriving message-board community.

For August, though, we're giving special emphasis to the "educate" part. Just as kids across the country kiss their lazy summer days goodbye and trudge back to classrooms, blackboards, and arithmetic, we're also settling in to focus on education.

We'll be covering the topic of education from myriad angles. We'll talk about saving for your children's college education, as well as the need for financial education in schools. We'll also have articles focusing on the world of retail, covering companies like Abercrombie and Fitch (NYSE:ANF), American Eagle Outfitters (NASDAQ:AEOS), and Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), which are hoping to prosper from back-to-school spending.

Furthermore, we'll be including book reviews of our writers' favorite investing tomes, and revisiting those "Foolish Fundamentals" every investor should understand, to spark your own continuing education. We'll also take a look at for-profit education companies to find out if they represent smart opportunities for investors, and dig into Motley Fool Hidden Gems recommendation Blackboard (NASDAQ:BBBB).

So, Fools, sharpen your pencils and dust off your calculators. It's time to go back to Fool, errrr, school.

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Get your kids into college:

Foolish book reviews:

Foolish fundamentals:

As mentioned above, Blackboard is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems recommendation. Wal-Mart is a recommendation in Motley Fool Inside Value, while American Eagle is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick. You can try any of our newsletter services free for 30 days.

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