PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 07 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:08pm


Put on a brave face and drive off bullies

There are bullies in every school and the bullying victims we hear about are only the tip of the iceberg. We cannot imagine the actual numbers.

Bullying can have far-reaching consequences. It can put victims in a constant state of fear even when they grow up.

If you witness bullying, you should tell a trusted adult, such as your parents or teachers. If you are scared to tell your teachers, you can send them an e-mail instead of meeting face to face.

If you are a victim, try to ignore the bully and move away. This is not a cowardly response. When you meet the bullies or if they are bullying you, do not cry. Bullies thrive on the reaction they get. They might pick on you because they think you are frightened. If you show you are not afraid of them, they may not target you any more.

Some bullies target children who are on their own, thinking they are more vulnerable. So victims should try to stay with their friends as much as possible.

Yip Hiu-yi, King Ling College

Education can help meet energy targets

I don't think it is fair that the tenants in the new third phase of the Science and Technology Parks risk being thrown out if they fail to meet energy-saving targets.

I know this is part of a drive to create Hong Kong's first zero-carbon district, and it is worth making the city eco-friendly. But I don't think the scheme is very practical.

It takes time to find out who is failing to meet energy-saving targets. It needs manpower and machines to monitor energy usage. Rather than not renewing leases, we should encourage the tenants to save energy by providing tips on how they can change their habits.

If the leases are not renewed, tenants will just move on and still use too much energy. Therefore, education is the most effective way to make Hong Kong cleaner, and greener.

Marco Lau, SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School

YouTube teaching no match for real thing

I think a YouTube classroom is good for our studies. It provides a new way for people to study maths after school. It is good for students who study by themselves. It also benefits those who live in remote areas with no access to a classroom or teacher.

Despite this, I do not think a YouTube classroom can replace flesh-and-blood teachers. This is because education is about people, and a face-to-face relationship between the teacher and students remains crucial. There are some things you cannot do during a YouTube classroom. For example, real teachers can solve your problems immediately and help you learn more about a subject.

Sam Pang, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

Don't take social media too seriously

Many teenagers like Facebook or Instagram, where they can share with their buddies what is happening to them every day. But they expect to get a 'Like' in return.

If they do not get any feedback from their friends, they will start to make things up, thinking they are not as popular as their classmates. They might be disappointed when their friends do not follow their news, although they might simply be too busy to reply. This behaviour shows that teenagers have some problems with their values.

I suggest everyone just relaxes and enjoys Facebook, rather than letting it make them unhappy. After all, social media was created for us to enjoy our lives, not destroy them.

Cecilia Yim, Immaculate Heart of Mary College

Smaller classes bring many benefits

I am writing in support of small-class teaching.

Since the birth rate in Hong Kong is decreasing, if we keep having 30 to 40 people in a class, the number of teachers schools can employ will decrease. But if a small-class policy is adopted, teachers will keep their jobs. Classrooms will also not be empty and we can avoid wasting resources.

In addition, small-class teaching provides a better learning environment and there are fewer disciplinary problems.

Finally, with fewer students, teachers can spend more time on each student and their overall workload will be reduced. This will improve relationships and enhance teachers' job satisfaction.

Daniel Kwok Sheung-hang, Carmel Secondary School