The House Just Voted to Bankrupt Graduate Students and more in this week’s news roundup.

The House Just Voted to Bankrupt Graduate Students
(New York Times)
Republicans in the House of Representatives have just passed a tax bill that would devastate graduate research in the United States. Hidden in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a repeal of Section 117(d)(5) of the current tax code, a provision that is vital to all students who pursue master’s degrees or doctorates and are not independently wealthy.

I’m a grad student, and the Republican tax plan could cost me thousands of dollars
(Washington Post)

Thanks to the Republican tax bill being considered in the House of Representatives, my own tax bill could go up by nearly $10,000 next year — and that’s not the half of it.

Grad Students Would Be Hit By Massive Tax Hike Under House GOP Plan
“This bill would increase our tax by 300 or 400 percent. I think it’s absolutely crazy,”

Interview with Carol S. Dweck
(Times Higher Education)

The psychology professor on students’ mindsets, nine-day weeks and thinking in the bath.

Retrieval Practice: The What, Why, and How for Classroom Instruction
(Noba Blog)

How do students learn? As psychologists, we are likely familiar with research from cognitive psychology. As instructors, we may (or may not) use some of the basic principles from cognitive psychology in our classrooms. I’d like to present a little research on a key principle, retrieval practice, and focus on how we can apply it in our classrooms without requiring more prep, grading, or classroom time.

An Eye on Graduate School: Interview With Editor Merry Sleigh, PhD
(Eye on Psi Chi)

In spring 2017, Psi Chi released its very first eBook, An Eye on Graduate School, which brings together our Professional Organization’s very best advice about applying to graduate school—advice accumulated from 25+ experts in over 20+ years of Eye on Psi Chi magazine issues. Today, we are excited to present this interview with the book’s lead editor, Dr. Merry J. Sleigh (Winthrop University, SC) to share a little more about this fascinating publication.

With teen mental health deteriorating over five years, there’s a likely culprit
(The Conversation)

Around 2012, something started going wrong in the lives of teens. In just the five years between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens who felt useless and joyless – classic symptoms of depression – surged 33 percent in large national surveys. Teen suicide attempts increased 23 percent. Even more troubling, the number of 13- to 18-year-olds who committed suicide jumped 31 percent.

In Defense of Memory
(Learning Scientists)

I’m very passionate about memory. I’ve dedicated most of my adult life so far to examining how our human memory works. But why?

6 Key Insights: RAND Corp. Researchers Talk Personalized Learning
(Education Week)

No one has studied personalized learning more closely than the RAND Corporation. The group’s researchers are in the midst of two big studies: an ongoing look at 40 personalized-learning schools that have received grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and an examination of 10 high schools that have been redesigned, in part to focus on greater personalization, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Three versions of personalized learning, three challenges
(Daniel Willingham–Science & Education)
Personalized learning is, of course, not new, but there is much greater urgency in evaluating its potential advantages and drawbacks, largely because of the promise/threat of two gargantuan funders (Gates & Chan-Zuckerberg) to make personalized learning a priority.

Wendy Troxel: Does High School Start Too Early
(NPR – TED Radio Hour)
Sleep expert Wendy Troxel says teens are sleep-deprived because of early school start times that cater to adults. She says high schools should start classes at least an hour later.

Intentional teaching makes the biggest impact on early childhood outcomes
(Science Daily)
A look at several measures of the quality of early childhood education suggests that the instructional practices of preschool teachers have the largest effect on young children’s academic and social skills.

Students Share The Downside Of Being Labeled ‘Gifted’
(KQED – MindShift)
It’s not uncommon for gifted students to fear failure more than other students because they feel they have more to lose.

New Evidence That Students’ Beliefs About Their Brains Drive Learning
(Education Next)
While this study is just a first step in assessing the effects of mindset on a large population of students and the role of schools in building mindset, the findings provide initial evidence that it may be beneficial to monitor the levels of growth mindset in the population and convey to students that the brain is malleable.

Can School Choice Keep Children Safe from Bullying?
(Ed Choice)
Does a system that historically has assigned students to schools based on where they live and not what they need effectively trap some of them in dangerous situations where they cannot escape their tormentors?

Academic Minute: Growth Mind-Set Over Grit
(Inside Higher Ed – podcast)
Ioakim Boutakidis, associate professor of child and adolescent studies at California State University at Fullerton, examines why mind-set is more important than grit for student success.

Spreading First Aid for Teens’ Mental Health by Training Adults to Help
(KQED – MindShift)
When kids struggle, their emotional problems often unfold in the classroom, affecting their ability to concentrate and straining interactions with teachers and peers.


Keep Higher Education Affordable!

Graduate students and others pursuing post-secondary education need your help to protect their access to higher education. As Congress moves forward on tax reform, your voice is needed more than ever on Capitol Hill to prevent the elimination of critical higher education tax provisions.

Please take action now and urge Congress to reject changes in any final tax reform legislation that increases students’ costs of attendance, putting higher education further out of reach for Americans.


About the Author

Amanda Macchi, MPH
Amanda comes to the APA as a recent graduate of the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. During her time at GW, Amanda studied global health, focusing on the challenges facing mental health in low-and middle-income countries. She received her undergraduate degree in marketing from Emerson College in Boston, Mass. In her free time Amanda loves pyrography, furniture making and spending time with her dog, Becky.
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.