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John Higgins, Executive Director of the Ledyard Charter School works with Carolyn Freese, his assistant, in his office at the school in Lebanon, N.H., on Sept 19, 2014. Valley News- Jennifer Hauck

Ledyard’s New Leadership

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lebanon — Between trips toting furniture to the Ledyard Charter School’s new digs on the third floor of the Whipple Block one day this past …

Colleges Worry About Attracting Students in Tech-Savvy World

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Indianapolis — Every year, high school students stress over whether they’ll get into their top-choice college. But this week, college admission officers from across the …

Two Weeks Without Diabetes

Monday, September 22, 2014

As 7-year-old Zara Cheek packed her bags for her first sleep-away camp this summer, she found herself looking forward to more than just swimming, going …

Nothing Subtle About Premises for New Series That Start This Evening

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The new TV season stumbles out of the gate with two ambitious but flawed series opening tonight. Red Band Society (9 p.m. on Fox) is a teen sobber about the live-in pediatric patients at Ocean Park Hospital in Los Angeles. They’re in there with a variety of grave …

School Notes: Short Trail, Long History; Thetford Improves Path Connecting Its Schools 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thetford — A trail ran through it for years. You just wouldn’t have wanted to try to negotiate a 600-foot stretch of the path between Thetford Elementary School and Thetford Academy most seasons. Not without hip waders, anyway. …

Tunbridge Fifth-Grader Writes About His Confidence Showing Cattle

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Why Admiring China’s Scores Can Damage U.S. Schools

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I have spent much of my life studying China and the countries near it. Just ask and I’ll show you my master’s degree in East Asian regional studies, and my five years of Washington Post articles from Hong Kong and Beijing. So it’s depressing to realize what I …

Are the Roosevelts Electable?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Last month, inspired by his visit to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s home at Hyde Park in New York, Washington Post Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt pondered whether FDR could have been elected today. The same question has occurred to Ken Burns and Geoffrey Wards, whose look at the lives …

Miss America Faces Controversy

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Atlantic City, n.j. — The new Miss America says there are more important things for people to worry about than her little red cup. That was the message Monday from Kira Kazantsev of New York as many social …

A Fine Kettle of … Hawks?

Monday, September 15, 2014

It rained heavily the first time I had planned to go on a hawk watch, and the trip to Mt. Tom in western Massachusetts was cancelled. But the rain brought with it a weather front the next day …

New Mammals Discovered That Lived With Dinosaurs

Monday, September 15, 2014

In rocky outcroppings near a cornfield in northern China, paleontologists have unearthed three species of squirrel-like mammals that lived at the same time as the dinosaurs. Remarkably complete skeletons of the three new species — Shenshou lui, Xianshou linglong and Xianshou songae — were found in pieces of …

Neuroscience Provides Clues To Organization

Monday, September 15, 2014

We’ve all heard the conventional wisdom for better managing our time and organizing our professional and personal lives. Don’t try to multitask. Turn off the email and Facebook alerts. But what’s grounded in real evidence and what’s not? In his new book The Organized Mind, Daniel Levitin — …

Brian Wilson Biopic Steals the Show at Toronto Film Festival

Monday, September 15, 2014

Toronto — In recent years, the Toronto International Film Festival has become reliable one-stop shopping for critics, distributors and movie fans eager to sample the year’s best films: Toronto, after all, is where a little Iraq war movie called The Hurt Locker got its start; so did The …