Education: The Connecticut Yankee

At Manchester (Conn.) High School, a student needs a B or better in all subjects to make the honor roll, and bright, spunky Charlene Southergill, 17, seemed a shoo-in. In the last quarter of her junior year this spring, she got a B in algebra, B in college-level biology, B in college-level English, and A in college-level American history. Was this enough to land her on the honor roll? Not at all: Charlene got a C in archery.

After getting her report card, Charlene barricaded herself in the family bomb shelter that her housepainter...

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