Poor Elijah’s Almanack

The other students in the room

When people say there’s an “elephant in the room,” they mean there’s something important that nobody’s paying attention to. More...

Posted 9/10/2017 08:43 PM

Poor Elijah’s Almanack

Twenty-fourth Annual Emperor Awards

Benjamin Franklin famously observed that “nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” Had he lived in the 21st century, he would have added “and the education world’s propensity for hatching bright ideas.”The Emperor Awards celebrate t More...

Posted 8/16/2017 03:27 PM

Poor Elijah’s Almanack

Voice and choice

I’ve been a middle school teacher for over 30 years. I’ve known a lot of students, and I’ve been fortunate to be visited by many while they’re in high school. More...

Posted 7/4/2017 03:37 PM

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Confidentially speaking

Weekends and vacations aren’t the best times to seek tranquillity at Poor Elijah’s house. More...

Posted 6/5/2017 03:06 PM

RVCC launching computer science, IT degree courses &nbsp

CLAREMONT — Two new programs at River Valley Community College (RVCC) in high growth fields are launching this fall and provide opportunities for students to enter fields that have high earnings potential. More...

Posted 5/8/2017 05:35 PM

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Spring break

It’s April, the time when teachers are figuring how many school days are left, and how they’ll get from Lincoln to Franklin Roosevelt before students clean out their lockers.Policymakers have loftier concerns.   More...

Posted 4/24/2017 01:17 PM

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The greatest good for the greatest number

Poor Elijah studied ethics when he was a sophomore. It turned out that right and wrong was such a complicated subject it took a whole semester. Jeremy Bentham was one of the featured philosophers. Mr. More...

Posted 3/27/2017 07:26 PM

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Legitimate concerns

Betsy DeVos is remarkably unqualified to serve as Secretary of Education, even compared to her ill-equipped predecessors in that office. More...

Posted 2/27/2017 02:40 PM

College Rank names 20 best culinary schools &nbsp

BEXLEY, Ohio, (PRNewswire) — A successful and fulfilling career in the food industry can be a challenge. The world of food is constantly evolving and demanding hours make a career in culinary not for the faint of heart. More...

Posted 1/30/2017 10:44 PM

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Some choice observations

Henry Thoreau was my schoolboy idol. I admired the way he lived and the way he put words together. More...

Posted 1/16/2017 03:12 PM

Jacob Metcalf is BF Elk's Student of the Month for November &nbsp

BELLOWS FALLS — Jacob Metcalf has been named the Bellows Falls Union High School  Elk's Student of the Month for November by the Bellows Falls Elks Club.  Metcalf, a senior, is the son of Willard and Michelle Metcalf of Bellows Falls. More...

Posted 12/19/2016 07:26 PM

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Average individuals

At school we too often cater to the loudest, most aberrant, most irrational voices and demands. We take our off-campus marching orders from experts who are strangers to the classrooms where their theoretical buck actually stops.  More...

Posted 12/5/2016 07:24 PM

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Maybe you should sit down

While classroom teachers grapple with passing along the knowledge and skill that make a nation educated, experts are helping, too. More...

Posted 11/21/2016 05:43 PM

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In defense of homework

Education experts propose eliminating homework. They denounce it as a “horrible” burden that doesn’t help students learn. More...

Posted 11/7/2016 08:04 PM

Policy Prescriptions: Clinton and Trump on education &nbsp

WASHINGTON (AP) — A quality education for all students, especially young children, is something Hillary Clinton has been talking about for decades. More...

Posted 10/24/2016 05:40 PM

Report: Student debt in New Hampshire highest in nation &nbsp

CONCORD (AP) — A new report finds college graduates in New Hampshire have the highest student debt in the nation, the second time in three years. The annual Project on Student Debt report says students who graduated from New Hampshire coll More...

Posted 10/24/2016 05:35 PM

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The Ministry of Truth

In Orwell’s "1984," Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth. His job is to rewrite history so it conforms to Big Brother’s ever-changing official account of the past. More...

Posted 10/24/2016 01:23 PM

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Responsibility and Hand

Little Poor Elijah invented an imaginary friend named Hand. More...

Posted 10/10/2016 02:58 PM

AG intervenes in university suit against school paper &nbsp

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky's attorney general turned up the pressure Wednesday on the state's flagship university to release documents regarding a sexual harassment investigation of a professor. More...

Posted 9/12/2016 04:37 PM

Crafty! Beer-testing lab helps students learn chemistry &nbsp

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine professor is hoping to brew interest in her chemistry class by keeping the topic on beer. University of Southern Maine professor Lucille Benedict tells the Portland Press Herald it can be challenging to keep students en More...

Posted 8/29/2016 04:06 PM

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Back at it

Teaching isn’t the only vocation with a seasonal rhythm. Farmers shift gears at regular intervals, and back when I unloaded trucks, my old boss warned his bride about his busy season — “I’m a retailer, baby. More...

Posted 8/29/2016 12:52 PM

2017 NH Farm and Forest Exposition seeks presenters &nbsp

CONCORD — Agricultural and forestry educational presenters are needed for the 2017 New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo, scheduled for Feb. More...

Posted 8/15/2016 01:37 PM

UNH Spring Dean’s List &nbsp

DURHAM — The following students have been named to the Dean's List at the University of New Hampshire for the spring semester of the 2015-2016 academic year: More...

Posted 8/15/2016 12:50 PM

Dr. Kim Mooney appointed as Franklin Pierce University’s 6th president &nbsp

RINDGE, N.H. — Dr. Kim Mooney took the reigns as Franklin Pierce University’s sixth president Monday, Aug. 1, creating a seamless transition as Andrew Card steps down. More...

Posted 8/1/2016 03:57 PM

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Inside education

Sixth grade Poor Elijah was an “inside baseball” kind of fan. He knew all the finer points about squeeze plays and the Boudreau shift that “outsiders” don’t appreciate, and that sadly leave blank stares in his twenty-first century students’ eyes. More...

Posted 8/1/2016 02:28 PM

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Oh, the humanity

Part of being a teacher is hearing about other people’s nightmare school experiences, like how their first grade teacher scolded them for coloring the grass purple and how many hours they spent in therapy as a result. More...

Posted 7/4/2016 04:53 PM

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The royal road

By now teachers across the country have gotten their upbeat, big smile, “you won’t believe how we’ve rearranged the world over the summer” welcome back letters. More...

Posted 8/28/2017 04:49 PM

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Feelings 101

Like most Great Ideas in Education, the self-esteem movement was one part common sense, one part nonsense, and one part irrelevancy. And like most it laid waste to a generation.  More...

Posted 8/1/2017 08:39 PM

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Flashcards and comic books

Poor Elijah was a Superman fan. He devoured D.C. Comics and raced full tilt through the neighborhood with his arms out in front of him and a makeshift cape flapping from his neck. He also had a serious crush on Supergirl’s secret identity. More...

Posted 7/17/2017 07:49 PM

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Leges Sine Moribus Vanae

Mark Zuckerberg returned to address this year’s Harvard grads, Oprah enlightened the diplomates at Smith, and Poor Elijah is again, for lack of invitations, delivering his commencement remarks on my porch.If you’ve got a few minutes to spare, there’s More...

Posted 6/19/2017 06:11 PM

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Facing the problem

Poor Elijah was sprawled in his chair. He’d brought home a new book about Churchill and spent the morning rearranging his bookcase. More...

Posted 5/22/2017 02:32 PM

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The new old lie

Midway through the First World War a soldier on the western front wrote a poem, “Dulce et Decorum Est.” He said it was neither sweet nor fitting to die for your country. He didn’t mean it wasn’t sometimes necessary. More...

Posted 5/7/2017 02:46 PM

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Amnesia and good intentions

Most of us in the education world have good intentions. When I was pounding nails, I met a lot of carpenters who prided themselves on the quality of their work, but not so many who viewed the jobsite as their mission field.   More...

Posted 4/10/2017 03:43 PM

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Administrative assistance

Administrators are education’s stock comic characters. More...

Posted 3/13/2017 08:14 PM

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Trauma and its victims

Thirty years ago, cutting-edge consultants tackled the case of a disruptive, violent student. First they told the other seventh graders in the class a story. The story was "The Trial" by Franz Kafka. More...

Posted 2/13/2017 04:15 PM

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Alternative facts

A few months ago I wrote about Winston Smith, the main character in Orwell’s "Nineteen Eighty-four." Winston works in the Ministry of Truth, where he rewrites history so it conforms to Big Brother’s current version of the past.My point then was that More...

Posted 1/30/2017 08:46 PM

Franklin Pierce launches online EMS program &nbsp

RINDGE, N.H. — Franklin Pierce University announced on Tuesday the launch of a new online Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program uniquely designed for the needs of working professionals. More...

Posted 12/27/2016 03:17 PM

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Fezziwig and the hallmarks of character

Poor Elijah is a traditionalist. It took him years to accept miniature lightbulbs on his Christmas tree, and the cash he drops in the Salvation Army kettle is as much charity as it is guilty penance for entering a mall. More...

Posted 12/19/2016 07:22 PM

US students lag peers in East Asia in math, science &nbsp

WASHINGTON — American students have strides to make when it comes to math and science, where they lag behind a solid block of East Asian countries, according to results released Tuesday from an international exam.Eighth graders in the United States i More...

Posted 12/5/2016 07:49 PM

UNH researchers provide technology for advanced weather satellites &nbsp

DURHAM, N.H. — State-of-the-art space weather instrumentation developed by researchers at the University of New Hampshire Space Science Center was launched into space Nov. 19 at approximately 6:42 p.m. from Cape Canaveral, Florida. More...

Posted 11/21/2016 06:01 PM

UVA dean 'wanted to disappear' after Rolling Stone story &nbsp

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. —€” A University of Virginia administrator who jurors found was defamed by a Rolling Stone article about a gang rape told jurors Monday that she "just wanted to disappear" after the story hit newsstands in November 2014. More...

Posted 11/7/2016 08:06 PM

Pennsylvania professors agree to contract, end strike &nbsp

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The union representing striking professors at 14 Pennsylvania state universities reached a tentative contract agreement Friday and immediately ended a walkout that was in its third day.Both sides thanked Gov. More...

Posted 10/24/2016 05:36 PM

Amid scrutiny, chain of Indian colleges plans its US debut &nbsp

BROOKLINE, Mass. — One of India's largest colleges is expanding into the U.S. More...

Posted 10/10/2016 03:52 PM

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Ineffectiveness training

Every August, teachers get upbeat welcome back letters. More...

Posted 9/12/2016 01:28 PM

Complaint: Black students punished more harshly than whites &nbsp

RICHMOND, Va. — Black students and students with disabilities attending public schools in Virginia's capital city are more severely and more frequently punished than their classmates, according to a complaint filed Wednesday with the U.S. More...

Posted 8/29/2016 04:04 PM

NH student SAT scores better in English than math &nbsp

CONCORD — Newly released test results show 67 percent of New Hampshire 11th graders meet college and career ready standards in English language arts but just 41 percent meet the benchmark in math. More...

Posted 8/28/2016 01:21 PM

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23d annual Emperor Awards

The Emperor Awards highlight achievements in the education world, but we have no real red carpet, any more than the emperor was wearing real clothes. More...

Posted 8/15/2016 12:39 PM

Independent third party will investigate NDSU president &nbsp

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's Board of Higher Education will hire an independent third-party investigator to look into whether North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani violated board policy. More...

Posted 8/15/2016 01:05 PM

A look at how Texas' guns on campus law will work &nbsp

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons into public university buildings, classrooms and dorms starting Monday, which is also the 50th anniversary of the mass shooting at the University of Texas' l More...

Posted 8/1/2016 03:02 PM

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Letting the Kid Out

Summer vacation just started, and our pharmacy’s already stocking spiral notebooks. According to one lemonade ad, the Fourth of July means summer’s almost half over. More...

Posted 7/18/2016 12:41 PM