Who knew plagiarism could be so profitable? For years, Dave Tomar earned $10 to $20 a page crafting academic essays to order for college kids. Alternately proud and repentant, he recreates the harried lifestyle of a professional paper-writer and examines the pressures that foster an environment wherein cheating is encouraged and rewarded.
Jonathan Kozol has famously documented the lives of children growing up poor in the land of plenty in works like Death at an Early Age and Amazing Grace. Now he reflects on the successes and failures of those he's followed through adulthood. These are inspirational, often heartrending stories of strength and love in the face of adversity.
Forty-five different home countries, twenty-eight spoken languages, countless challenges, and a widespread commitment to overcoming them. That's what Brooke Hauser found when she spent a fascinating -- and instructive -- year chronicling the lives of the diverse students and dedicated educators at the International High School in Brooklyn's Prospect Heights neighborhood where the immigrant dream struggles to come true.
June 20: Today is World Refugee Day, as designated by the United Nations in 2001. According to the renowned sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, the modern refugee problem should not be attributed to wars and despots but to a civilization that…