Education Nation | Interview with Dr. Zyngier Clarification

Yesterday I published an article as a result of an e-mail interview I was fortunate enough to be able to have with Dr. David Zyngier in the lead up to Education Nation. I have made a few changes to the article as a result of a follow-up conversation with Dr. Zyngier.

  1. “In Dr. Zyngier’s view, it is not the quality of teachers that is necessarily the problem, but the quality of the teaching. Dr. Zyngier’s position is that the general public have heard successive Federal Ministers for Education, beginning with Julia Gillard and continuing with Peter Garret, Christopher Pyne, and the incumbent Simon Birmingham, quote that main influence on a child’s academic outcome is the family, the parents’ education levels, and their socio-economic status (from Professor John Hattie’s Visible Learning (summary here).”

    I am embarrassed to say that I somehow managed to completely flip Dr. Zyngier’s position between my reading of the interview and my writing of the article. The article now reads as follows:

    “In Dr. Zyngier’s view, it is not the quality of teachers that is necessarily the problem, but the quality of the teaching. Dr. Zyngier’s position is that the general public have heard successive Federal Ministers for Education, beginning with Julia Gillard and continuing with Peter Garret, Christopher Pyne, and the incumbent Simon Birmingham, quote from Professor John Hattie’s Visible Learning (summary here) that the main influence on a child’s academic outcome is the teacher.

    To clarify the following Dr. Zyngier’s position, the word cram has been removed from this sentence, and the phrase “…while in Shanghai…” has been added in.

  2. “Furthermore, research indicates that these schools are typically reserved for the elite, while in Shanghai they “…actively exclude lower performing rural students whose parents do not have the necessary residency permits that will enable them to attend…”

My apologies for any issues this may have caused.

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