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Snowy day picture of a playground slide in Bobcaygeon, Ontario Picture taken Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012Catharine Molnar

The best of the web on education from kindergarten to postsecondary, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail education editor Simona Chiose.

Let the kids run up the slide

School playgrounds are some of the first places students learn they are not allowed to take risks. Letting kids walk up the slide, however, could lead kids to be more comfortable at school and unafraid they may fail if they try out some creative ideas.

Thirty hours of work a week not enough to meet expenses

Money matters for American students. Many forego buying all the required academic materials; around 60 per cent are concerned they can't meet their daily expenses even though a fifth of students in their final year of postsecondary are working more than 30 hours a week.

Studying abroad does not equal global education

Sending students abroad does not automatically ensure that they will become international thinkers. Some of the keys to making international education count are to integrate international students in campus life rather than offering special group activities and to participate in online collaborations that extend beyond the students' visits away from their countries.

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