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Many countries have been quick to emphasize education for skills like programming, while students in the United States are falling behind in math and science. Google software engineer Neil Fraser recently visited Vietnam and spent some time in schools to see how the country's computer science curriculum compared. The students all used Windows XP, and they begin by learning about floppy disks in the 2nd grade — but by their 11th year, Fraser didn't just see students that excelled beyond those in the US, he saw students who could pass the interview process at Google.

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Phaedra Singelis writes

As we honor those who have served this Veterans Day, let's also remember the photojournalists who risked their lives to document the wars they served in. Below are some well-known images from a collection that LIFE.com has put together.  

W. Eugene Smith / TIME & LIFE Pictures

This Eugene Smith picture -- of Marines taking cover on an Iwo Jima hillside as a Japanese bunker is obliterated -- captures the cataclysmic destruction inherent in war perhaps more perfectly than any other single image ever published in LIFE.

Marie Hansen/TIME & LIFE Pictures

Marie Hansen's striking 1942 striking photograph of Women's Auxiliary Army Corps members, commonly known as WAACs, donning gas masks at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, illustrates enduring themes from the war: fear, courage, and -- in an unsubtle message to the country as a whole -- the power of unity in the face of an unknown threat. The WAACs were famously praised by General Douglas MacArthur, who called them "my best soldiers."

Larry Burrows/Time & Life Pictures

This starkly gorgeous Larry Burrows photo, taken in Khe Sanh, laid bare the vulnerability of our troops, who were facing what was shaping up to be the biggest battle of the Vietnam War. Six thousand Marines were dug in at the isolated plateau -- a fraction of the 40,000-man force steadily advancing upon them. The ammunition and supplies being delivered by this 1st Air Cavalry Skycrane helicopter were badly needed. But the unanswered question seems to hang in the air with the chopper: Will it be enough?

See more images on LIFE.com's gallery: 50 Photos That Brought the War Home

For me personally, I'll be remembering a friend and colleague, Chris Hondros, a modern-day war photographer, killed on April 20, 2011 covering the war in Libya. Tim Hetherington, another colleague, photographer and filmmaker, was also killed in the same incident.

What do you think are the most memorable war photographs or war photographers?

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Pham Minh Trieu and his Daughter, Pham Thi Ngoc Vietnam 2010

David Dare Parker (b. 1958, Australia) was one of the original co-founders of Reportage and was a Director of FotoFreo Photographic Festival (Australia). His photographs have been  published in: Le Monde, Stern, L’Express, Focus, Australian Geographic, The Bulletin, The New York Times, Fortune and Time Australia. David’s recent projects include coverage of East Timor’s struggle to gain independence and Indonesia’s first steps towards democracy. In January 2002 he was asked to co-ordinate a safety awareness course for Afghan Journalists in Peshawar, Pakistan for the International Federation of Journalists.  David is a  Walkley Award winning photographer and an ambassador for Nikon Australia. He is represented by SOUTH in Australia and On Asia Images in Asia.

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It was moving to watch the affection between Pham Minh Trieu and his daughter, Pham Thi Ngoc Minh, 33 years old. This quietly spoken man had been in the Army from 1950 till 1975 and was a medic during the Vietnam War. He remembers hiding in underground tunnels during US Air Force bombing raids. He was based in Baria, Vung Tau, when dioxin was dropped on the area and has strong memories of leaves falling off plants, trees dying and eating fruit from dioxin-affected regrowth. Returning to Ben Tre Provence he married and had a daughter. He blames her defects on dioxin poisoning, a direct result of his exposure during the War. Testing for dioxin in the body is expensive, at around $1,500 per test it is cost prohibitive to most Vietnamese families. Without such tests, there can be no conclusive evidence dioxin was the cause of the defects, offering little chance for compensation, or help, outside of that provided by the Vietnamese Government.”

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