Donald Tsang

Have Your Say

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 February, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 February, 2007, 12:00am

Drama highlights teachers' role

The Japanese TV drama, The Queen's Classroom, has stirred debate about the role of teachers in today's society.

The show's protagonist is Maya Akutsu, whose radical methods in the classroom frighten her students.

Some say the drama affects the image of teachers. Others worry that young students might become afraid of their teachers or might even refuse to go to school.

The production does raise some questions. What is the role of today's teachers? What kind of relationship should teachers and students have? How can teachers and students improve their relationship?

In a fast-changing world, teachers also have to take care of their students' emotional needs. They have a tough job.

The student-teacher relationship is important, too. If the relationship is good, students will be happier and able to learn faster. And the atmosphere in class will be more relaxed.

So how can we build a good relationship between teachers and students?

Most misunderstandings and conflicts can be avoided if teachers and students talk to each other about their feelings. In addition, both parties should try to view things from the other's perspective.

Good relationships can only be built by mutual effort. Teachers need to improve their skills, while students should try harder in their studies.

Wong Ka-po

SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

Happy memories can help relieve stress

What was your childhood like? One day, I saw some children playing cards outside a store in Tuen Mun.

It brought back happy memories because I enjoyed playing cards when I was a child.

Although I am a teenager now, I still think about past events that bring a smile to my face. This can help release the pressure from my studies and make me feel better.

If you are unhappy or bored, you should do the same.

Kenneth Tam

STFA Tam Pak Yu College

Learn to appreciate what you have

Recently, one of my classmates was caught stealing and she was sent to the police by the school's disciplinary team.

We all think that she is stupid. Didn't she realise that her actions could affect her future?

I felt very depressed when I heard that she was sent to the police.

Despite the stain on her reputation, my friends and I think that she still has time to get rid of her bad habits.

She didn't admit her faults in front of the disciplinary team.

If she had done so, I'm sure she wouldn't be in such big trouble.

We should cherish the opportunity to be with each other and grab every chance that comes our way.

Otherwise, it may be too late.

A Student

Tsang or Leong?

As the chief executive election nears, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and Alan Leong Kah-kit of the Civic Party are busy with their campaigns.

They are meeting people and handing out brochures, explaining their stance on key issues.

Mr Tsang has more experience handling policy matters because he has worked in government for a long time.

But Mr Leong argues that if Mr Tsang is elected, universal suffrage will be further delayed, while the 'small-circle' election will continue.

Mr Tsang, being the incumbent, and Mr Leong - who is a well-known legislative councillor - both have their merits.

Which one would you choose to be the new chief executive?

It's an important question to think about.

Lam Chun-wai

St Mark's School

Lead healthy lifestyle

I'm writing in response to the Big Issue titled 'Weight debate' (Young Post, February 6).

Several governments claimed recently that fashion models and celebrities are too skinny and forced shops to withdraw stick-thin mannequins.

Officials said women are starving themselves to become as thin as fashion models, leading to many health problems, including anorexia. Fashion models and celebrities should have a healthy image, rather than being thin and having a pale, white face.

With a balanced diet and regular exercise, we can have a healthy body - and a healthy mind.

Bonnie Lam

Maryknoll Fathers' School

See the bright side

An increasing number of pregnant women from the mainland are coming to Hong Kong to give birth.

There is concern that this will lead to a shortage of hospital beds for locals.

I believe pregnant mainlanders giving birth in Hong Kong hospitals is not such a bad thing. The city's ageing problem is becoming more and more serious.

A recent report predicted that the ratio between the working population and the elderly will be 1 to 4 by 2027.

In 20 years' time, the children born to mainland women will have grown up and they could become a part of the working population.

But the shortage of maternity beds is alarming.

Under a new scheme introduced by the government, heavily pregnant mainland women who want to enter the territory must show a booking certificate from a hospital.

Although some locals complain that this scheme is not very effective, I think the grievances of local pregnant women have been addressed and their situation will improve.

Tsoi Wing-kei

Our Lady of the Rosary College

Respect friends

Do you believe in friends forever? One of my friends had a bad experience. She had an argument with her best friend. They've known each other for seven years, but they are no longer friends.

I feel very sad they don't want to get together again.

Another friend had a similar experience, but the result was different. She was extremely unhappy and was determined not to end their friendship.

She apologised to her friend and they are a 'happy pair' once more.

The attitude of my two friends is quite different, so the result is different, too.

A positive attitude is important to maintain a friendship. If we love and respect our friends, they will be our friends forever.

Tovy Yip Tung-yu

Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College

Turn down volume and play it safe

Recent research at the University of Hong Kong has shown that listening to MP3s may affect your hearing.

Nowadays, many young people are plugged in to portable music players.

Since it may be very noisy outdoors, such as on trains or buses, they like to turn their MP3s to the maximum volume.

This habit could lead to unpleasant consequences.

Researchers say listening to music continuously for several hours at full volume can affect your hearing.

The manufacturers of MP3s should set the maximum volume to a safe level and the government should launch a campaign to teach people how to use the players properly.

Sumi Cheung

St Mark's School