Troubling text

PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 July, 2009, 12:00am

Examples of problems with the liberal studies textbooks

The topic of sexual impulses is introduced in the first lesson of the first chapter. Teachers say this is too early - before they have developed a relationship with pupils.

Hong Kong Today Book One says the city's courts are 'completely independent of the executive and legislative branches of the government'. But it makes no mention of final accountability to the Standing Committee of National People's Congress, as in the right of abode case.

An exercise on the policy of closing schools with falling enrolment refers to 'killing schools policy', the 'compulsive shutdown' of a school and schools being closed because of 'inadequate students'.

Issue topics are too vague to stimulate discussion, for example: 'Has the government done its best in environmental protection?'

Pornographic websites, magazines and movies are given as examples of sources of common sexual stimulation. Accessing such resources by under-18s would be illegal.