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Students not knowing fake news from real, why we should keep exams and Independent schools recognised as as innovators – our selection of thought-provoking and useful articles from around the web on educating and raising children.

Students Have ‘Dismaying’ Inability To Tell Fake News From Real, Study Finds

(Camila Domonoske, npr)

Fake news has been big news lately, with a debate over its influence – this article calls it a ‘fake news crisis’. So do young digital natives know what sources to trust? The answer from a new study of 7800 students by Stanford researchers is a depressing ‘no’. They were ‘shocked’ by what they discovered, describing the results as ‘dismaying’, ‘bleak’ and a ‘threat to democracy’.

What to say if your child asks, ‘what’s the point of maths?’

(Kevin Larkin, The Conversation)

There’s an increasing sense of alarm about the lack of interest in studying maths, particularly given the emphasis on STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Griffiths University’s Kevin Larkin offers answers to questions from children about the point of doing maths and whether it will it help them later in life.  If you missed it, you might also like to read our recent post on the issue Solving The Problem: Making Maths Cool.

Should we do away with exams altogether? No, but we need to rethink their design and purpose

(Penny Van Bergen and Rod Lane, The Conversation)

The use of exams in schools and universities is a vexed issue. In this article –  part of a five-part series Making Sense of Exams –  the authors argue that rethinking the way in which some exams are delivered does not mean all exams should be abandoned in favour of other assessments. ‘This is akin to throwing the baby out with the bathwater,’ the authors write. They debunk some common exam myths, including the idea that Google renders exams irrelevant.

Independent schools are hubs of innovation, says NAB study

(The Educator)

A new survey has found that Australia’s Independent schools compare favourably with Australian business when it comes to innovation. This was despite operating amid heavy regulations and scrutiny, and potential barriers to innovation, the National Australia Bank research found. And Independent schools succeeded by doing things differently, and more cost efficiently.