Bilingual Programs Pushing for Space in New York City

Foreign-language schools are fighting a constant battle on the terrain of New York City education. New York City’s schools are some of the most diverse in the nation, serving students from a myriad of backgrounds speaking dozens of native languages. There are over 140,000 English-Language Learners (ELL) students whose first language is not English and whose English has not been deemed proficient. Yet resources to serve this diverse body of students are stretched thin. Recently,[Read More…]

by September 24, 2014 0 comments Feature, Uncategorized, Up To The Minute

Les Tondues: Remembering a Dark Chapter in French Liberation

The Liberation of France is usually associated with joy, relief, and celebration. Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in June of 1944 and had liberated Paris by August (70 years ago this month). Nazi German forces surrendered unconditionally in May of 1945, and the French people were free once again. Yet, the Liberation was also the scene of an obscure and grim chapter in French history. Between 1943 and the beginning of 1946, at[Read More…]

by August 25, 2014 0 comments Domestic, Feature, Up To The Minute

“No Survivors” on Crashed Air Algerie Flight AH5017

In a statement this morning French President François Hollande confirmed that there were no survivors among the 118 victims of the crashed Air Algerie flight AH5017. The number given by officials on July 24 was 116, but today, July 25, Hollande said the number was in fact 118. The wreckage of the plane was found early this morning in the Gossi area of northeastern Mali, 50 kilometers from the border with Burkina Faso. It was[Read More…]

by July 25, 2014 1 comment Feature, Up To The Minute

Survey Results: French Anti-Semitism Sparks Jewish Interest in Emigrating?

Nearly three-quarters of surveyed French Jews last month stated that they are leaning towards emigration. 29.9 percent of this 74.2 percent mentioned a desire to escape anti-Semitism, while another 24.4 percent cited a wish to “preserve their Judaism.” Seven and a half percent cited “economic considerations,” while another 12.4 percent simply felt drawn to other countries. In addition, a total of 95.2 percent of all respondents — a larger group than those who wish to[Read More…]

by June 17, 2014 0 comments Domestic, Feature

Why Breaking Bad Couldn’t Have Been a French TV Show

PARIS – I recently stumbled upon a joke on 9gag about what Breaking Bad would have looked like if had happened in France. First of all, Breaking Bad probably never would have existed because the French still have not developed a culture of producing quality, daring TV shows. On the whole, they have been rather boring, conventional, and poorly produced, with a few rare exceptions. But the essence of the 9gag joke was elsewhere. If[Read More…]

by April 30, 2014 1 comment Feature, Uncategorized