Using competition in classrooms, news on students loans and more in this week’s news roundup!

This week, we have lots of news on student loans, thoughts on using competition in classrooms and ideas on how make psychology applicable in students’ lives. Also, for those headed to Denver for our Convention next week, please don’t forget to stop by the Education booth and say hello. For those of you who won’t be at Convention, check out our Twitter account for live takeaways from some of our Education-related programming.

Let’s Re-Introduce Competition into Our Classrooms (Thomas B. Fordham Institute – Flypaper blog)
This article speaks about some of the advantages of competition as a instructional strategy.

Is The Student Loan Crisis Fact Or Fiction? (NPR Ed)
An interview with the author of a new book about the student loan crisis, or what the author suggests is a “bogus crisis”. The author, financial aid expert and senior fellow at the Urban Institute, claims it has been manufactured by the media in search of a spicy story and fueled by politicians pushing “debt free college” proposals.

Amazon’s New Market? Student Loans (Inside Higher Ed)
The online retail giant’s promise to provide “discounted” student loans through a new partnership with Wells Fargo elicits concerns from consumer advocates about possible duping of students.

Good News On Student Loans … For Some (NPR Ed)
According to a new report, the share of borrowers enrolled in affordable payment plans has quadrupled in just four years, to 20 percent in 2016.

Why Do So Many Graduate Students Quit? (The Atlantic)
Universities themselves may be contributing to burnout.

Stress Is Contagious In the Classroom (Time Magazine)
Teacher burnout is linked to higher levels of stress hormones in their students.

A Platform to Monitor Learning (Inside Higher Ed)
Philadelphia-based start-up Yellowdig is betting it can help students connect with their peers — and faculty members understand what captures students’ attention.

Turning Students into Superheroes through Applied Psychology (NOBA Project)
An overview on some pragmatic ways to make psychology more applied.

About the Author

Amanda Macchi, MPH
Amanda comes to 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 and collecting/learning about mid-century modern furniture.