Tuesday, June 30, 2009

New Plan Ties Reduced College Loan Payments to Income

New Plan Ties Reduced College Loan Payments to Income By JONATHAN D. GLATER, NYTimes
Starting Wednesday, the federal Education Department will begin offering a repayment plan that lets college graduates reduce their loan payments, based on their income.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Scholarships for College Dwindle as Providers Pull Back Their Support

Scholarships for College Dwindle as Providers Pull Back Their Support By JONATHAN D. GLATER, NYTimes
The result will probably be a greater role for federal aid programs in supporting students, instead of private scholarship providers and state governments, said one expert.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

In Uncertain Times, Valedictorians Look Ahead

In Uncertain Times, Valedictorians Look Ahead By LIZETTE ALVAREZ, NYTimes
A group of the city’s top high school seniors, from a variety of economic and cultural backgrounds, met as they prepared for their next chapter.
Audio & Photos: Top of Their Class

Also see 2009 Commencement Speeches

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Lords of the Samurai

Lords of the Samurai (SF Asian Art Museum June 12-Sept 20) takes an intimate look at the daimyo, or provincial lords of the warrior class in feudal Japan.

1 Think of what is right and true.

2 Practice and cultivate science.

3 Become acquainted with the arts.

4 Know the principles of the crafts

5 Understand the harm and benefit in everything.

6 Learn to see everything accurately.

7 Become aware of what is not obvious.

8 Be careful even in small matters.

9 Do not do anything useless.

--The Book of the Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

Friday, June 26, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Aftermath of the Iranian Elections

Timeline: Aftermath of the Iranian Elections

The fallout from the Iranian elections have been the most sustained challenge to the government since the 1979 Islamic revolution. Interactive Feature

Latest Updates on Iran’s Disputed Election The Lede Blog, NYTimes

To supplement reporting by New York Times journalists inside Iran on Thursday, The Lede will continue to track the aftermath of Iran’s disputed presidential election, as we have since election day, June 12. Please refresh this page throughout the day to get the latest updates at the top of your screen (updates are stamped with the time in New York). For an overview of the current situation, read the main news article on our Web site, which will be updated throughout the day.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Easing a College Financial Aid Headache

Easing a College Financial Aid Headache By TAMAR LEWIN, NYTimes

The Obama administration is working to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a detailed form that scares off many students.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Finding Prosperity by Feeding Monkeys

thisibelieve.org: Finding Prosperity by Feeding Monkeys
Harold Taw - Seattle, Washington
As heard on NPR’s All Things Considered, November 14, 2005

Forget the cake and presents. Listener Harold Taw has his own unique birthday tradition – one prescribed by a Burmese monk. By faithfully following it, Taw believes he’s helped his family to prosper.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Get a Life, Holden Caulfield

Get a Life, Holden Caulfield
By JENNIFER SCHUESSLER, NYTimes

Young readers now see the protagonist of J. D. Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye” as a whining preppy, not as a virtuous outcast.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

"I believe in libraries..."

“I don’t believe in colleges and universities,”
Ray Bradbury, 88, said. “I believe in libraries.”

A Literary Legend Fights for a Local Library by JENNIFER STEINHAUER, NYTimes
The new passion of the science fiction writer Ray Bradbury is raising money for California's libraries.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

At the White House, a Blend of Jazz Greats and Hopefuls



At the White House, a Blend of Jazz Greats and Hopefuls By BEN RATLIFF, NYTimes

On Monday afternoon, Michelle Obama invited about 150 high school jazz students to the White House for a program called Jazz Studio, with workshops led by jazz musicians and a concert.
Slide Show: The White House Jazz

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Major Military Academies Report Significant Rise in Applicants

Major Military Academies Report Significant Rise in Applicants By JAMES DAO, NYTimes
The military academies cite aggressive marketing, declining casualties in Iraq and the economic downturn as factors contributing to the increase in applications.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Revisiting a Purge of Teachers

When Suspicion of Teachers Ran Unchecked By RALPH BLUMENTHAL, NYTimes
A lawsuit seeking access to documents on teachers who were investigated during the Red Scare is raising questions about whether their names can be published, and whether there is still a stigma.
Slide Show: Revisiting a Purge of Teachers

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

‘Mediocre’ Arts Skills for American Eighth-Graders

‘Mediocre’ Arts Skills for American Eighth-Graders
By SAM DILLON, NYTimes
Music and art instruction in American eighth-grade classrooms has remained flat over the past decade, according to a survey by the Department of Education.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Are Traditional History Courses Vanishing?

Great Caesar’s Ghost! Are Traditional History Courses Vanishing? By PATRICIA COHEN, NYTimes
While the number of history faculty has more than doubled since 1975, a smaller share of departments at four-year institutions have specialists in intellectual, diplomatic or economic history.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

2009 Commencement Speeches

Praise, Advice and Reminders of the Sour Economy for Graduates NYTimes
Commencement orators — including actors, executives, poets and heads of state — leavened their congratulatory messages with acknowledgment of the bleak marketplace.

Harvard University —Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy
"For the first time in human history, science is now making predictions of how our actions today will affect the world 50 and 100 years from now. If the world pursues business as usual, climate change could be “so rapid that many species will have trouble adapting, including humans.” Full Text of Speech

More commencement speeches and videos . . .

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Youth Producing Change @ the Human Rights Watch Film Festival



HRW: Youth Producing Change (World premiere)

Young people are on the frontlines of many of the world’s human rights crises, but it’s all too rare that we get to hear their point of view.

The Cinema of Justice by NYTimes Slide show

From Ecuador to Rwanda: Portraits of Global Threats and Struggles NYtimes
Lessons in how the world works and portraits of the never-ending struggles in places around the globe where power is challenged by populist resistance: such matters are a concern of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Friday, June 12, 2009

GAO KAO: All-Nighter? For This Test, Some Chinese Cram All Year

All-Nighter? For This Test, Some Chinese Cram All Year By SHARON LaFRANIERE, NYTimes
Families pull out all the stops so children can pass the annual gao kao, or high test, the sole determinant for admission to Chinese colleges and universities.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

“Slide-Together” Geometric Paper Constructions

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“Slide-Together” Geometric Paper Constructions by George W. Hart

Seven paper construction projects provide students with experience exploring properties and relationships of two-dimensional and three-dimensional geometric figures.

(thanks to Cory Doctorow @ BoingBoing for finding the coolest stuff on the web)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Newsweek: The Top of the Class

Newsweek: The Top of the Class
The complete list of the 1,500 top U.S. high schools

SJ Mercury News: Top 15 public high schools in the South Bay and nearby communities and their ranking on Newsweek"s nationwide top 1,500 schools list
  • Pacific Collegiate, Santa Cruz, 39
  • Gunn, Palo Alto, 114
  • Summit Prep, Redwood City, 118
  • Monta Vista, Cupertino, 138
  • Andrew Hill, San Jose, 202
  • Mission San Jose, Fremont, 226
  • Saratoga, 244
  • Lynbrook, San Jose, 301
  • Los Altos, 362
  • Menlo-Atherton, 371
  • Irvington, Fremont, 373
  • San Jose High Academy, 524
  • Los Gatos, 525
  • Mountain View, 530
  • Palo Alto, 544

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

SJSU mechanical engineering students turn class projects into solutions for disabled, seniors

SJ Mercury News: SJSU mechanical engineering students turn class projects into solutions for disabled, seniors By Jessie Mangaliman

"Weakened muscles caused by post-polio syndrome make Los Gatos architect Fariborz Mehrafshani fall sometimes. Getting back up is tough. So when he sought a solution for an idea he had in mind, he turned to Project Enable at San Jose State University where mechanical engineering students, as part of their learning, design and build real-life solutions to the everyday challenges encountered by the elderly and the disabled..."

Monday, June 8, 2009

Summer reading: Neil Gaiman recommends

Salon Summer reading: Neil Gaiman recommends
The author of "Coraline," "Stardust," and the "Sandman" graphic novels shares some of his favorite reads. Find more suggested books here.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Van Cliburn International Piano Competition


The winners of the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition have been announced:

Gold Medalists (tie for first): Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii, 20 (Japan) and Mr. Haochen Zhang, 19 (China)

Silver Medalist: Ms. Yeol Eum Son, 23 (South Korea)

Finalists (in alphabetical order): Mr. Evgeni Bozhanov, 25 (Bulgaria) Ms. Mariangela Vacatello, 27 (Italy) Ms. Di Wu, 24 (China)
You can enjoy the performances at Van Cliburn Foundation YouTube.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Hong Kong Candlelight Vigil Draws Thousands - A Video Poem



VOAVideo: Hong Kong Candlelight Vigil Draws Thousands - A Video Poem

For the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square events of June 4, 1989 upwards of 200,000people gathered in Hong Kong's Victoria Park for a candlelight vigil, honoring the many pro-democracy protestors who were killed 20 years ago. VOA reporters Heda Bayron and Pros Laput prepared this poetic look of this solemn event.

Friday, June 5, 2009

President Obama Speaks to the Muslim World from Cairo, Egypt



"A New Beginning"

The President gives a speech in Cairo, Egypt, outlining his personal commitment to engagement with the Muslim world, based upon mutual interests and mutual respect, and discusses how the United States and Muslim communities around the world can bridge some of the differences that have divided them. June 4, 2009. (whitehouse.gov)

  • Read Text of President's speech

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Obama Addresses US-Muslim Relations



President Barack Obama will address Muslims around the world from Cairo, Egypt, on 4 June. In a much-anticipated speech, he is expected to urge reconciliation among Muslim states and the West. The speech is expected to generate considerable discussion.

VOA TV-radio-web production featuring President Obama's speech - live begins at 1000 UTC on 4 June (6 am Washington DC time, 3 am San Francisco).

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Women Are Seen Bridging Gap in Science Opportunities

Women Are Seen Bridging Gap in Science Opportunities By CORNELIA DEAN, NYTimes
The prospects for women who are scientists and engineers at research universities have improved, although women continue to face inequalities in salary and access to resources, a new report concludes.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Tech Company Helps South Korean Students Ace Entrance Tests

Tech Company Helps South Korean Students Ace Entrance Tests
By CHOE SANG-HUN, NYTimes
Megastudy.net, an online tutoring service, may be the perfect convergence of South Koreans’ dual obsessions with educational credentials and the Internet.
In Hong Kong, Cram School Teachers' Image Rivals Pop Stars'

Monday, June 1, 2009

Where Art and Paleontology Intersect, Fossils Become Faces

Where Art and Paleontology Intersect, Fossils Become Faces
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. /The New York Times
CREATING A FACE An exhibit showing how reconstructions are made, at the American Museum of Natural History. Viktor Deak, one of the world’s leading paleoartists, has an apartment full of skulls and a creepy little pasta machine.
Video: Envisioning Our Distant Past
Interactive Panorama: A Paleoartist at Work