On the State of Dolphins in Singapore

Singapore, a country long known for its record of human rights abuses from the suppression of freedom of speech to the use of capital punishment, now finds itself entangled in an animals’ rights fiasco. On the 22 November 2012, Wen Wen, a male dolphin who was on a three hour flight from the Philippines to […]

Australian Teen Sues School For Poor Results

Early this year, in May, an Australian teen, Rose Ashton-Weir, 18, along with her mother, Elizabeth Weir, decided to sue her former school for not providing “exceptional” education, nor adequate support, particularly in math. The school in question is the Geelong Grammar School, an elite Australian private and boarding school whose notable alumni include HRH […]

Amazon Under Fire for Sex Book

Amazon, one of the largest online retailing sites, came under fire by Love 146, an organization that campaigns against child trafficking and exploitation, for its marketing of a self-published e-book “Age of Consent: A Sex Tourists Guide!” by Peter F. Friedmann, which appears to, according to the Huffington Post, “encourage pedophilia overseas. It’s description stated […]

Remove Algebra? You Must Be Kidding.

As a non-subscriber, I’m only treated to 10 New York Times articles a month, and when August began, one of the first articles I read was the opinion piece by Professor Andrew Hacker, who argued that Algebra is unnecessary in schools, and ought to be removed for 2 reasons – (1) Kids generally suck at […]

Minneapolis turns its back on special needs students

Last week, the one-year-old charter school Minnesota School of Science informed the families of 40 North Minneapolis students with special needs, such as Autism and Down’s Syndrome, that they would be breaking their promise of allowing these students to return to class in September. The school took over the district’s Cityview Elementary School in August […]

Chinese, South Korean and Indonesian Badminton Teams booed off the Olympic Court

“This is my last game. Farewell Badminton World Federation. Farewell my dear badminton,” read a comment by Yu Yang, one of China’s badminton stars on the micro-blogging service Tencent late yesterday. On 1 August, Wednesday, eight badminton players were disqualified from the London 2012 Summer Olympics for playing to lose. This included the World’s Champion […]

Who says you need school to get educated?

At present, one of the largest issues and problems facing people –whether college students or working adults- is the lack of readily available, and not to mention affordable and quality education, or academic sources of information.  I stumbled onto Coursera on Tumblr, which is a site that offers 100+ courses from big name universities such […]

One Year of Marriage Equality in New York

Tomorrow, on Tuesday, 24th July 2012, New York will celebrate a year of marriage equality – the first anniversary of the city’s legalization of gay marriage. New York is the sixth state in the US to (finally!) give gay couples the right to wed legally. A record 659 couples tied the knot on this day […]

Yale Invites Criticism for its Foray into Asia

About 2 years ago, Yale University, in New Haven, CT, ‘climbed into bed’ (I quote Yale Daily News) with what many consider one of Southeast Asia’s most despotic authoritarian-democracy regimes, Singapore. The Ivy League college had partnered with the National University of Singapore to create Yale’s satellite campus and Singapore’s first liberal arts college (LAC), […]

Culture Shock in Dubai

I write this from the bus in 40 degrees heat, outside the largest shopping mall (Dubai Mall) in the world, the tallest building (Burj Khalifa) in the world a mere 10 minute walk away. Coupled with having just seen marina animals behind the world’s largest acrylic window (of the Dubai Aquarium), it struck me how […]

4 Months After KONY 2012

I’m sure most, if not all of us remember the viral video that the American non-profit organization, Invisible Children, released in early March this year. Since then, we’ve heard of its founder getting arrested for inappropriate behavior in public, of its event “Cover the Night”, perhaps as well as its follow-up video “Beyond Famous”, that […]

The CSI Effect

A phenomenon that sweeps through today’s law enforcement and justice systems, which has its roots in, maybe surprisingly, television, the CSI Effect gets its name from the television program, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which first hit national television 12 years ago, featuring a team of crime scene investigators who solve murders, gather/analyze forensic evidence, interrogate […]

The Test that’s the door to the future

The futures of high school seniors in China were set in stone about a week ago, when the grades for the National Higher Education Entrance Examination, or gaokao (高考), were released to test-takers across the country. According to Edward Wong of the New York Times, families huddled in front of computers and phones, waiting for […]

Domestic Workers (or Servants)

Here, halfway across the world from America, we refer to them “maids”, defined by the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary as “a woman or girl employed to do domestic work”. Also know as domestic workers, these foreigners leave their homes to work for their predominantly middle class employees abroad, taking on the roles of a live-in […]

Desks in DC

  If you headed down to National Mall the past couple of days, you might have seen the 857 desks, representing the statistical 857 students who drop out of America’s High Schools every hour, every day, displayed not far from the base of the Washington Monument. This installation was part of the College Board’s latest […]

Let the Women Play

As countries across the world gear up for the London 2012 Olympics, which are due to open on July 27th, Ken Roth, Executive Director of New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) writes on Thunderclap, “The Olympics launch in a month and Saudi Arabia stands alone in the world banning women from sport. By refusing to […]