October 7, 2012 The Education Issue

AP class participation and scores around Massachusetts

Two tables examine the change in AP test subscriptions at public high schools and charter schools over the last five years, and how public high school juniors and seniors fared on their 2009-2010 AP tests.

5 big ideas that just might transform the classroom

From longer days to history courses that span 13.7 billion years, these notions just might transform the classroom.

Magazine

How grocery shopping got personal

We hop from store to store, searching for the best deal and the best quality. How the business of selling groceries is changing—and improving—to suit us. By Francis Storrs

First Person


Charles River Skatepark: making it a reality

Mike McIntyre, the designer of more than 150 skate parks, is now conjuring up a play space under an I-93 ramp in East Cambridge.

Connections


My carefree sister

She’s gone now, but can I, the cautious one, catch a bit of her happy-go-lucky spirit? By Johanna Hamill

Cooking

Elegant Leeks Vinaigrette is pretty enough to serve at a dinner party. 3 easy recipes for autumn greens

Fall-harvested leeks are arriving in farmers’ markets. Use them in these three easy recipes. By Adam Ried

A Restaurant’s Take

Leek dumplings at Qingdao Garden

This North Cambridge restaurant sells more than 1,200 dumplings a day on the weekends. Try the pork.

Dinner With Cupid


Dinner With Cupid: Storied romance

Will these two bookworms read a deeper meaning?

Style Watch


5 fresh color combinations for fall

Five fresh color combinations--in fashion, home design, and beauty--for the season’s most versatile hue. By Rachel Raczka

Out and About


Seen around town

Filming on the Common, at a reading in Lexington, and at the premiere party for Knuckleball. Seen around town

On the Block


For sale: Turn-of-the-century charmers

These homes, built 1900 to 1910, feature period touches.

globe magazine | Perspective


iPads in the classroom

Boston College High School teacher Ron Fletcher reflects on how mandatory tablets are affecting students. By Ron Fletcher

Your Week Ahead


5 things to do this week in and around Boston

A food truck faceoff, a baby mastodon, video-game music at Symphony Hall, and more

One-Liners

Doris Kearns Goodwin on toy flops

The Concord-based author and presidential historian shares a fun fact on Twitter.

Tales From the City

In need of ‘super vision’

What’s a kid got to do to go to the beach?

Letters

Letters to the editor

Globe Magazine readers respond to stories from recent issues.