Most Students Don’t Know When News Is Fake and more in this week’s roundup.

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Most Students Don’t Know When News Is Fake, Stanford Study Finds
(The Wall Street Journal)

Teens absorb social media news without considering the source; parents can teach research skills and skepticism

Cognitive Psychology and Education: Your Questions Answered
(Learning Scientists)

A few weeks ago, we published a piece asking our readers to submit questions regarding the application of cognitive psychology to education. We received a number of excellent questions; some we were able to answer briefly, whereas others benefit from a longer explanation.

Parents: let your kids fail. You’ll be doing them a favor

Your teenager has a science project due. He hates science. He hates projects (as do you). Do you: A. Set deadlines for him, get the necessary materials, lay them out on the table with some homemade chocolate chip cookies; B. Ask your neighbor who is a renowned chemist to stop by and wax poetic about the joys of the periodic table; or C. Hide and pray

Betsy DeVos: Five Things to Know About Trump’s Pick for Education Secretary
(Education Week – Registration Required)
President-elect Donald Trump has picked national school choice advocate Betsy DeVos to be his education secretary, according to the Associated Press, after meeting with DeVos on Nov. 19. DeVos must still be confirmed by the Senate, but here are five things to know about the potential next leader of the U.S. Department of Education under Trump.

Want to Make Better Decisions? Try ‘Temptation Bundling’
(NYMag – Science of Us)

It’s a way to link together our wants and our shoulds.

Troubled by Post-Election School Climate, K-12 Groups to Issue ‘Call to Action’
(Education Week – Registration Required)

A group of education-related organizations are calling on school leaders and educators to respond to numerous reports of violence, harassment, and intimidation that have occurred since the presidential election by publicly “reaffirm[ing] the inclusive values that are the foundation of healthy learning cultures.”

What Neuroscience Can Tell Us About Making Fractions Stick
(MindShift – KQED News)
[Valorie Salimpoor ] thinks educators have an opportunity to leverage what researchers know about brain science to ensure students learn fractions well, but also admits that learning math is cognitively taxing.

About the Author

Hunter Clary
Hunter is a communications professional who came of age in the digital revolution, and has witnessed big changes in how we communicate. In his eclectic 20 year career he’s seen vast changes across multiple industries from advertising, B2C, professional services, publishing, and now non-profit. During his time at APA Hunter has watched the growth of in the organization’s web presence; a shift from print to digital media; and the pickup of social channels like the PsychLearningCurve. A tech geek at heart, Hunter is naturally drawn to all things shiny and new especially when it comes to communicating – particularly social media and apps. Hunter seeks to understand the world around him -- add in a penchant for creative design and a reporter’s curiosity and you’ve got Hunter. Through this blog he hopes to help translate quality psychological science into practical uses for educators, students, and parents.