I stumbled upon Kevin Carter’s 1993 photo of a starving child in the Sudan this evening, which won him the Pulitzer prize in 1994. Corbis owns the rights to the original photo, (Vulture Watching Starving Child) according to the Pulizer Prize’s official website (a source I consider reliable).

There are copies of this photo circulating the web which claim the photographer committed suicide making a point just about world hunger. He did commit suicide, but the content of his last note did not mention hunger. This page from truthorfiction.com gives more background and details.

Doesn’t everyone need a big reality check now and then (or maybe every day) to remember just what is and is not significant and important?

How sad to read that some people are actually upset that Katrina refugee students have joined their school or school district, because their assessed test scores may be lowered as a result (see “Schools with evacuees risk academic rankings” from September 16th).

In the grand scheme of things, there are issues that matter, and those that don’t. I put ending world hunger and helping refugees get an education in the former category. Myopically focusing on educational test scores goes in the latter.

Should we want our students to score well on standardized or norm-referenced tests? Sure. But let’s keep in mind what really matters here. Sad that some have apparently lost all sense of perspective on basic life issues.

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