PERPIGNAN, France — During last year's Visa pour l'Image festival here, dramatic images by North Vietnamese photographers of the war with the United States were exhibited with great fanfare. The show was presented by a veteran war photographer, Patrick Chauvel, and the festival's director, Jean Francois Leroy, as an unprecedented view of the Vietnam wars told by the virtually unknown photographers.
Unmentioned in the excitement surrounding the show, or in the accompanying book by Mr. Chauvel, was "Another Vietnam," a previous book by Doug Niven, with Christopher Riley and text by Tim Page, that had been published in 2002 by National Geographic. That book featured the same photographers and many of the same images. Complicating matters, serious questions have since been raised about the veracity of three of the most dramatic images curated by Mr. Chauvel and reproduced in a Lens blog post on last year's Perpignan exhibit.
After surveying about 30,000 college graduates of all ages, the index released a first report in May of 2014. The number of graduates who have been surveyed is now up to 60,000, and a second report is due at the end of this month.
The index measures success not in dollars and lofty job titles but in graduates' professed engagement in their employment and, separately, their assessments of their own well-being, as determined by their reported satisfaction with five dimensions of life: their relationships, their physical health, their community, their economic situation and their sense of purpose.
To understand the feeling of crisis that many see in higher education right now, it's useful to start with some figures from 40 years ago. In 1974, the median American family earned just under $13,000 a year. A new home could be had for $36,000, an average new car for $4,400. Attending a four-year private college cost around $2,000 a year: affordable, with some scrimping, to even median earners. As for public university, it was a bargain at $510 a year. To put these figures in 2015 dollars, we're talking about median household income of $62,000, a house for $174,000 and a sticker price of $21,300 for the car, $10,300 for the private university and $2,500 for the public one.
A lot has changed since then. Median family income has fallen to about $52,000, while median home prices have increased by about two-thirds. (Car prices have remained steady.) But the real outlier is higher education. Tuition at a private university is now roughly three times as expensive as it was in 1974, costing an average of $31,000 a year; public tuition, at $9,000, has risen by nearly four times. This is a painful bill for all but the very richest. For the average American household that doesn't receive a lot of financial aid, higher education is simply out of reach.
Colleges give prospective students very little information about how much money they can expect to earn in the job market. Colleges are good at tracking down rich alumni to hit up for donations, but people who make little or no money are harder and less lucrative to find.
On Saturday, the federal government solved that problem by releasing a huge set of new data detailing the earnings of people who attended nearly every college and university in America. Although it abandonded efforts to rate the quality of colleges, the federal government matched data from the federal student financial aid system to federal tax returns. The Department of Education was thus able to calculate how much money people who enrolled in individual colleges in 2001 and 2002 were earning 10 years later.
An air of mystery has long surrounded student debt. We know the total number of borrowers and their combined debt — 40 million people owe $1.2 trillion — but beyond these headline numbers, the data has been frustratingly thin. Who borrows? Who defaults? Why are so many borrowers in distress? The answers have been unclear, leaving analysts and policy makers to prescribe remedies without an accurate diagnosis of the disease.
At many other colleges, poor and truly middle-class students remain a distinct minority. Affluent students predominate at liberal-arts colleges like Oberlin and Bates, private universities like Cornell and Texas Christian and even many public universities, including Wisconsin, Penn State and Georgia Tech. The University of California, by contrast, enrolls large number of high-performing students of all economic backgrounds.
That contrast is the most striking result of this year's College Access Index, a New York Times measure of economic diversity at top colleges. Six of the top seven spots in this year's index belong to University of California campuses, with Irvine at No. 1, and the flagship Berkeley campus at No. 7.
Sự chuyển đổi cơ cấu dân số trong giai đoạn 10 năm (từ năm 2000-2011) là một cơ hội rất tốt để tiến hành cải cách giáo dục triệt để khi số lượng học sinh giảm, không chịu nhiều áp lực về trường lớp, về nguồn nhân lực. Liệu ngành giáo dục có tính đến yếu tố cơ cấu dân số khi làm kế hoạch dài hạn cho ngành hay không?
Khi bộ phim tâm huyết không đến được với đông đảo khán giả, người làm ra nó không chỉ tiếc nuối mà còn buồn bã, đau long
Một tuần công chiếu ở rạp Kim Đồng và Trung tâm Chiếu phim Quốc gia (Hà Nội), các suất chiếu của "Người trở về" - phim lấy nước mắt khán giả của đạo diễn thế hệ 8X Đặng Thái Huyền - đều chật kín người xem. Thậm chí, trong ngày cuối cùng, suất chiếu khó có người xem là lúc 8 giờ cũng không còn một ghế trống. Thế nhưng, hỏi đến việc bao giờ phim sẽ ra mắt rộng rãi khán giả cả nước, câu trả lời dường như là quá khó với những người làm phim.
CLAREMONT, California (NV) – Giáo sư Đại Học Pomona, Thái Cẩm Hưng, hoàn tất công trình nghiên cứu về một đề tài ai ai trong chúng ta cũng đã, đang và sẽ làm, nhưng không hề hiểu biết chi tiết về việc ấy: Gởi tiền về Việt Nam.
Amid Israel's debate over absorbing Syrian refugees, focus turns to the integration of the boat people from Vietnam who arrived in the 1970s
From 1977 to 1979, then prime minister Menachem Begin welcomed about 360 Vietnamese boat people fleeing for their lives from the Communist takeover of their country. Israel granted them citizenship, full rights and government-subsidized apartments.
How did these refugees fare in the Promised Land? Are they still living in Israel? Can their circumstances shed light on the current debate over refugees?