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

Competing for an education

Britain's education sector has a reality TV spinoff. On The Challenge, students in Ghana are competing for a scholarship to study in Britain, with eight out of 12 contestants evicted off the show before the final four contenders compete in the grand finale. The contest is not the brainchild of ITV, home of Hell's Kitchen, but the British Council, the international organization for education.

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Mark Zuckerberg is an outlier

A breeze is blowing through coverage of postsecondary education and it carries the idea that a bit of skepticism about university is in order. Still, to ditch the B.A. hoping to become Mark Zuckerberg is foolhardy for most students, cautions one prof, for whom a four-year degree is the surest way to a decent job.

Homework leads to equality

The debate over homework in French schools started when president Fran├žois Hollande suggested that homework disadvantages kids from poorer backgrounds. In reality, as this NPR documentary shows, it is parents in dire straits who really want their kids to do homework while those with more resources drive the brood around to dance and art lessons.

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