Have Your Say
Forget the past, think about the future
If you always yearn for past happiness, you will miss out on a lot of things.
Since you will be constantly thinking about the bygone days, your mind will be closed to the joy at hand.
If you keep on feeling sorry for what you have done in the past, you will make the same mistakes again. You need to correct your mistakes and move on.
If I had a chance to go back to the past, I would not take it.
The past has gone.
We should face the future with confidence.
Our Lady of the Rosary College
Protect children from physical abuse
Domestic violence is a growing problem in Hong Kong.
It is hard to distinguish between child abuse and family responsibility.
Should physical punishment on children, like slapping them or smacking them on their bottom, be forbidden by law?
Some children are naughty and may not respect their parents. So parents may think that physical punishment is an effective way to make children learn from their mistakes.
Many adults also argue that the government has no right to intervene in family issues.
I believe that corporal punishment should not be used to discipline children.
They should have a happy childhood without being intimidated by their parents.
If the children suffer physical punishment, their health could be affected and they could lose confidence.
Some may even commit suicide.
If parents don't know how to manage their anger, physical punishment could easily lead to domestic violence.
Besides, parents who beat up their children send the wrong message that violence can solve problems.
I urge the government to legislate against parents who use corporal punishment to discipline their children.
This will help protect the city's younger generation and ensure a bright future for them.
Leung Shek Chee College
Ways to achieve racial harmony
Many people say that racial discrimination is a serious problem in Hong Kong.
I disagree. There aren't any rules to ban foreigners from applying for jobs here and most Hongkongers are kind to them.
The city's ethnic minorities may face some difficulties but the proposed Racial Discrimination Bill is not strong enough to protect them.
People say we should solve this problem through education.
I would like to make three suggestions to help promote racial harmony in Hong Kong.
First, we can jointly organise activities with well-known human rights campaigners to help people have a better understanding about the issue.
Second, we can arrange exchange programmes with students from international schools to learn how to deal with people from other cultures.
Third, we can set up a system to commend people who promote racial harmony in Hong Kong.
We should treat all people equally so that the world will be a better place to live in.
Life's not a game
The great philosopher Plato once criticised a boy who often played a stupid game.
The child disagreed with the philosopher's opinion. He said: 'You just criticised me for a small problem.'
Plato replied: 'If you do that stupid thing frequently, it won't be just a small problem. It may affect the rest of your life.'
I agree with Plato's opinion because a well-behaved person has many advantages.
Those with bad manners will find it hard to make any progress.
Eric Kwan Hin-ching
Enjoy the journey
What is the most important thing in your life?
Is it love, family, money, power or happiness?
Imagine that you are leaving this world and you can only take one of your favourite things. What would it be?
For example, babies may want to be with their parents; teenagers may opt for their Game Boys; children may need their toys; mothers may prefer to take their children with them; and the rich people may choose money.
Different people have different ideas.
As for me, I wouldn't take anything with me.
We should not be selfish. We should leave behind all our things as a souvenir.
Don't be sorry for yourself or have any regrets about the past because a lot of delightful experiences are awaiting you.
Treasure your life and especially the most important people around you. And enjoy every moment of your life.
Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College
Power of patience
Nowadays, people divorce over minor issues and some even commit suicide after an argument with their wife or husband.
Patience is the most important thing in a marriage.
Elderly couples are the best example of this.
Some of them did not date before they got married, but they still lived together for many years. That is the power of patience.
Yao Cheuk-ying Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School
Take a deeper look
Some people are unhappy about their looks so they try to cover up their 'defects'.
They are affected by films and television programmes which focus on beauty as a way to achieve success.
They think that a good-looking person is friendly and kind. I don't agree. Don't judge a person by their appearance.
Sarah Tsang Hiu-tung
Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College
It's no comparison
With the rapid improvement of technology, online schooling is becoming more and more popular these days.
Is learning through the internet as effective as classroom teaching?
I don't think so.
Many people say online learning is more fun than listening to teachers in school.
But students using the internet can be easily distracted. Instead of studying, they could play computer games, listen to music or watch videos.
Besides, they could suffer from eye problems if they use the computer for a long time.
Classroom learning may be boring sometimes, but it has one big advantage - students can immediately seek assistance from their teacher if they have a problem.
I agree that the internet provides useful resources for research, but it is not an effective teaching tool.
Sometimes I find it difficult to understand my younger brother who plays computer games every day.
I'm really unhappy because he never listens to me.
Some of my friends are having the same problem.
I believe that any big brother or sister would not want their siblings to go astray. Problems arise between siblings as they grow up.
I am now trying to get a better understanding about my younger brother so that we can have a good relationship.