PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 February, 2008, 12:00am

Talking to your parents brings joy

The relationship between teenagers and their parents is not usually an easy one.

Parents often find it hard to understand their children, and youngsters like to be with their friends rather than with their parents. For example if a teen wants to go shopping they want to go with their mates instead of with their parents. Teens think they are mature and don't want to rely on their parents.

Even when they have problems, teenagers don't want to go to their parents as they feel this is immature. They never tell their parents what they are thinking or feeling. I think the most important thing is good communication and learning how to communicate with each other in a positive way.

Parents and children should share their thoughts and feelings with each other. They can be friends.

I would encourage teens who find it difficult to talk to their parents to write letters to them. Do not make the letter about them and what they're doing right or wrong. Rather make it about your feelings and what you need from them.

For instance if you feel they always make you sad when you are happy, ask them to talk to you in a way that does not make you sad.

Since parents are the most important people in our lives, we need to love them and be with them.

Man Yu, Methodist College

Lessons on life are all around us

I take a bus to school and walk part of the way.

Most people think this is very ordinary. But have you ever really looked at what's going on around you?

You can see kids shouting everywhere, the elderly walking along slowly.

I used to treat these sights as just another background to life. But now I realise that this seemingly ordinary picture holds a wealth of insight.

Look at how the elderly hold their children, with their warm, caring, tired arms that are strengthened by love. Look at how the children resist with their cold, innocent hands.

It makes me think that this is where smiles are formed, and makes me wonder about the most important things in life.

Are games or gold the most important thing?

Perhaps not. We all believe parents should look after their children. But they don't do it for games or gold. They do it out of love.

Every time a child ignores his parents, he loses the chance to reciprocate this love.

It takes a lot of love to raise a child and the child may never be able to repay it.

Edmund To, St Francis Xavier's College

Feeling let down by our education

As a Hong Kong citizen, I really feel sad because it seems that to do anything you need to have academic qualifications. But, when you open a textbook you find it doesn't teach you knowledge. It merely schools you to pass examination skills.

Education does not educate students, it makes them more utilitarian.

Officials tell us studying is not about marks. This is not true. If you want a place in Form Six, you need least 14 marks.

Moreover, tutorial centres are the ones benefitting from these conditions. Students flocked to these places hoping to get 'the keys to success'.

So what is the real meaning of education?

Kenny Siu, Pentecostal Lam Hon Kwong School

Four ways to give English a boost

Nowadays, learning English and speaking in English are essential, but how can students be encouraged to speak English?

I have some suggestions on how they can be helped.

Firstly, teachers are role models and need to talk in English.

Secondly, peer influence is vital, so we need to speak in English to help our friends.

Thirdly, the schools need to promote English and give us the space to practise.

Fourthly, our families need to encourage us to speak English.


People need to give their best

'Best, of the best' is a slogan of a credit card advertisement. I associate this slogan diligence.

People always think it's okay just to muddle through their work.

But if they really had to try their best, they would probably do better work.

If people don't do their best they will easily fail.

Therefore, we must strive and do our best.

Lo Sai-kit, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

Euthanasia is not the only way out

It's not uncommon for people who are paralysed or ill with cancer to want to die. We have to ask ourselves why this is.

Many sick people think they are a burden to their families. They cannot contribute to the family and they need relatives to look after them. Their treatment is expensive and could ruin the family budget. It gives them a sense of despair.

Furthermore, sick people lie in bed most of the time, unable to participate in the simple joys of life. They become bored and think their lives are meaningless.

Euthanasia seems like the only way out.

It's hard to say what is best for these people, but we should at least try to make their lives better.

Even though they are bed-ridden, some of these people can still read. Taking them books or newspapers might cheer them up.

Doctors, social workers and family members need to have more sympathy for these people and support them.

This is not the right time to argue about voluntary euthanasia. It is better for us to understand patients' feelings and to give them a hand. That would be better, wouldn't it?

Proton Ng Ka-hei, Yan Chai Hospital No 2 Secondary School