Drama in the classroom
In addition to learning in the classroom, students need to take part in extra-curricular activities to widen their horizons and acquire social skills. We have PE lessons, music lessons and visual art lessons, but I think the school lives of Hong Kong students would be more fruitful if drama lessons were included.
Drama can give students all-round development. It includes different features, such as literature for scriptwriting, performance art for acting, and design and technology for stage setting.
Drama also trains students' social skills, including leadership and communication. By taking part in productions, students can learn to work with different people. Teamwork is the key to success in every industry.
Lastly, we lack talented people in this field. Hong Kong once played a leading role in cultural development but is now falling behind. By adding drama to education, we can help youngsters use their potential to the fullest.
Rene Lam, Hang Seng School of Commerce
From the Editor
Thanks for your letter, Rene. You forgot to say that drama is a whole lot of fun. You are right when you say it has many benefits. Even if you just take one class a week, it will certainly help to improve confidence and enunciation.
If you can't take drama classes at school for some reason or another, holidays are a great time to catch up.
You might be too shy to want a leading role, but there are plenty of other things one can do to be part of the great show. It's also a great way to learn about history, geography and even sciences. A lesson played out is one that will be remembered.