PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 September, 2010, 12:00am

No more animal experiments

Experiments involving animals should definitely not be allowed. It's ridiculous. Even if we are a 'superior' species, animals are clearly not that much worse.

We think because they can't talk, and because they are not as capable as us, we can just use them however we want. This is wrong. Animals deserve more respect. Products such as medicine or cosmetics should be tested on people - that's who they're for anyway.

We shouldn't mess with other species, or do anything unnatural. But that's exactly what animal testing does, because the animals are under stress in laboratories when they have been injected with diseases or subjected to other tests. And because of this stress, whatever works on animals may not work on humans.

All medical testing should be done on people. The experiments may not work on animals, and the animals may still get sick or die as a result. This is wrong and we need to stop it.

Abdul Rafay, California School

Basketball, great to play or watch

Basketball is a one of the most popular sports in the world to play or watch. The name 'basketball' comes from the net which hangs from the hoop. Points are scored by shooting from a distance, or dunking or slamming the ball into the rim.

Players dribble the ball or pass it between teammates. Disruptive physical contact or 'fouls' are penalised. Free throws will be given to the player if he is fouled while shooting the ball.

Basketball has developed over time, and it now includes different techniques of shooting, passing and dribbling, as well as players' positions, and offensive and defensive systems. While competitive basketball is carefully regulated, variations of the game have developed around the world.

I love basketball, and play it with friends after school.

Matthew Wang Wan-hong

What's the point of learning?

A friend once said: 'The more you learn, the more you know. The more you know, the more you forget. The more you forget, the less you know. So why bother learning?'

After hearing that comment, I asked my myself why we need to learn at all. What is the purpose of education?

First, we learn for ourselves and our families. How else can we earn a living to provide a good environment for our family? A good family needs love, care and, of course, money. The better our education, the better our chance of finding a well-paid job with reasonable working hours will be. So knowledge is good for us and our family.

Second, we learn for the sake of our country. As a small individual in the world, can I do anything for my motherland? The best we can do is read and learn more for the good of our country.

Finally, we learn for the sake of the whole world. Many people in rural China and Africa cannot attend school, or are forced to drop out early. Many can't even read or write. I feel sorry for them. But one of the best ways we can use our education is to help teach others to improve their living standards.

Learning is important for us all. When it comes to studying, we all should do our best, and not regret about our need to learn.

Jessie Leung Tsz-wun, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

A lack of moral values among teens

From kindergarten to secondary school, we are taught moral values. It is especially so for Form Six and Seven students as they study Chinese Language and Culture, which emphasises the importance of morality.

Although the government has put a lot of effort into educating young people, the behaviour of many of them is still undesirable. Sometimes I wonder why they behave badly after receiving such a long education.

Young people are the pillars of society. They should not only learn as much as they can, but should also develop the right moral values.

Otherwise, we will not be able to play an important role among countries. The future of China is deeply affected as Hong Kong is an international city. We should find a solution to this problem.

Jenny Lee Wing-yu, Leung Shek Chee College