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    The PISA fallacy in Singapore: insights from the NIE

    Walter Barbieri
    By Walter Barbieri
    Community contribution / August 14, 2017

    Editor's note: Regarding the review previously posted here of the National Institute of Education's 2017 conference, the Department of Education Singapore completely refutes quotes attributed by the author to Director-General of Education, Mr Wong Siew Hoong. Below in our comments section is a Ministry of Education-provided link to video footage of Mr Wong's presentation and a full transcript of the presentation. In light of the evidence presented, and in the absence of alternative evidence to support the author at this stage, EducationHQ has withdrawn the story and apologises without reservation for any offence caused.

    This story appeared in the August 2017 edition of Australian Teacher Magazine.

    School news / Kambala girls' school apologises for "defamatory" emails about former principal

    Prestigious Sydney girls’ school Kambala has been forced to issue an apology to former principal Debra Kelliher as part of an out-of-court defamation settlement.

    Technology / Mars Rover Challenge puts young gun coders to the test

    It's a five hour drive between Orange in country New South Wales and the University of Newcastle.

    Technology / Student robotics stall enthralls library visitors

    Nearly 1000 members of the public got a crash course in robotics at the Wagga Wagga City Library, courtesy of The Riverina Anglican College (TRAC) students.

    School news / Do single sex classrooms encourage girls in science?

    There is continued debate over the link between single-sex education and better outcomes for girls in the hard sciences. However, new research examining physics classrooms showed little difference between single-sex schools and their co-ed peers.

    School news / Tehan 'staggered' by how educators are treated in Australian schools

    Education Minister Dan Tehan has said that teachers must be better trained to deal with difficult classrooms, after being left “staggered” by the rate of physical and verbal abuse that teachers experience.

    School news / Aspiring Vic teachers face new standards

    New teachers will have to pass a national literacy and numeracy test before they can be registered in Victoria.

    School news / LA teachers strike, 640,000 kids in limbo

    More than 30,000 Los Angeles teachers demanding higher pay and smaller class sizes have walked off the job in the second-largest US school system, union officials say, leaving 640,000 students in limbo.

    School news / Lack of religious discrimination evidence

    A review into religious freedoms in Australia found little evidence of discrimination, leader of the probe Philip Ruddock conceded last month.

    School news / Top school leavers should be teachers: ALP

    Labor wants Australian universities to take students from the top 30 per cent of high school graduates into teaching degrees, putting the brakes on "a very worrying trend" of those without direction selecting the course.

    School news / Student mental health support needs boost

    Struggling with a language barrier and battling insomnia, Chinese national and Melbourne university student Zhikai Liu ended his life in March 2016.