Stupid is as stupid does
Posted January 16, 2017on:
Breaking news: Nutella causes cancer. That is what this video will have you believe.
I am guessing that the video maker, SourceFed, was not interested in the facts, just the views, because it did not do its homework.
This Gizmodo contributor did and showed how the science and math do not add up.
What are some take home point points?
Get the facts right. The study did not mention Nutella specifically. You are not in any likely danger unless you consume jars of Nutella every day (and if you do, you have a bigger problem than by-products of palm oil).
What are some educational applications?
You cannot just take creative license — like creating the YouTube video or linking a study on palm oil with Nutella — without combining and balancing it with critical thinking.
To teachers who say they cannot find enough material to nurture both in their students, I point out that these examples are all around us. Serve them up along with a reasonable dose of Nutella spread on toast.