PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 16 January, 2009, 12:00am

Liberal studies the key to success

Not everybody supports the inclusion of liberal studies in the new senior secondary school curriculum.

In my opinion, the subject can broaden Hong Kong students' horizons and sharpen their competitive edge. The current education system hinders their overall development.

Liberal studies consists of many sections, including personal development, globalisation, public health, technology and environment.

They cover a wide range of topics and help students to gain a deeper understanding of life, and social and international issues.

Besides, liberal studies helps students to develop critical-thinking skills.

They can see an issue from a different angle and come up with their own judgment based on logical analysis.

They are also encouraged to ask questions and discuss them.

There are many current topics that would be ideal for liberal studies lessons. These include the global financial crisis, mainland food scandals and the election of Barack Obama as US president.

Liberal studies better prepares students for university education.

In addition, the subject is becoming more important globally. Hong Kong, as an international city, should follow this trend.

With the introduction of this new subject, our future generations can be well prepared to face the challenges.

Rony Tse

School canteens can offer healthy food

A recent survey revealed that most students are dissatisfied with their school canteens.

Low-quality food is the major problem. There needs to be improvements if the system is to serve the requirements of students.

The menu should include more healthy food.

Most tuck shops provide a limited choice, including fried chicken wings, fish balls, sandwiches and instant noodles.

Many students claim they only eat fast food for lunch.

Providing a range of nutritious alternatives would encourage greater use of school facilities.

Food such as oatmeal, steamed buns and sushi have been suggested.

Unhealthy food should be banned. It has been proved prolonged intake of junk food leads to obesity which can cause diabetes and heart disease.

School canteens have a social responsibility to promote a balanced diet among students.

Let's hope they improve in the future.

Elsie Chu, SKH Li Fook Hing Secondary School

Stop being rude; learn to be polite

One day, I heard a young girl call her mother 'stupid'.

Unfortunately, such rude behaviour is becoming more common nowadays.

Some youngsters treat their friends the same way.

Parents should take part of the blame for this situation.

They are overprotective so their children become arrogant and don't care about others.

Also, schools put more emphasis on studies these days. If they teach civic education, the students will get a better understanding of social values and learn how to interact with others.

Everyone, including children, should be polite to others.

Nobody likes a rude person.

Hui Man-ying, Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College

Study room benefits

Many students value the privacy offered by study rooms in local libraries. They are also free.

Even if we have to pay for study rooms in other establishments, like housing estates, it's still worth it.

There are too many distractions at home. In a study room, students can concentrate on their work.

Jack Tai Wing-leong, Queen's College Old Boys' Association Secondary School