PUBLISHED : Monday, 25 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 25 October, 2010, 12:00am

Beware the dangers of beauty products

Everybody likes to look at things which are beautiful. We are born to love beauty.

Because of this, most people, especially females, use beauty products in the hope they will make them look better. Some shops are full of these products.

But most people don't think about the possible downside of using these products.

Do they know what ingredients they contain? Are they good for our health? I think not.

Different brands claim their products have miracle ingredients that will make the user more beautiful or slim. This is misleading. There have been news reports of people suffering ill-effects after using certain beauty products.

I think people should know exactly what is in a product before they use it.

Cheuk Ying-lam

Saying too much, and too little

I saw something the other day I thought was very interesting while surfing the internet. It was these words: 'Never explain yourself to anyone because a person who likes you doesn't need it, and a person who dislikes you won't believe it.'

This is so true. We always try hard to make everyone understand us. But do we really need to?

If someone knows you well, for example your family or your friends, do you need to explain everything about yourself and your thoughts to them?

We always want others to understand us, as we think it would be best if everyone agreed with us. But this is difficult, as people have their own thoughts. We should not, and cannot, force others to agree.

However, the statement is also not true.

Sometimes we still have to express ourselves, especially when those we love misunderstand us. Sometimes choosing to say nothing can make things worse.

I think it would be better to change the statement to: 'Never explain yourself to a person who dislikes you as they won't believe you anyway.'

Yu Hoi-ying, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

Allow children the space to grow up

Hong Kong parents always overprotect their children. They provide as many resources as they can to help their children get good results at school and neglect to teach them how to take care of themselves on their own.

Children will never learn how to manage their lives if they are not given a chance.

Studying will be meaningless if they do not know how to take care of themselves. Would you have confidence in a doctor who does not even know how to tie his own shoelaces?

I believe children need to be protected, but they must also grow and mature.

Parents should give children the chance to learn by letting go of them a little.

For the sake of their children's future, parents should stop and ask themselves whether they are spoiling their children.

Rico Kwok Chun-ho, The YWCA Hioe Tjo Yoeng College

Open one less class in busy schools

As the number of students entering secondary school has decreased in the past few years, some schools have been unable to enrol enough students for their Form One classes.

Some have suggested opening one less Form One class in all secondary schools. This would mean more space for each student in class and when using school facilities.

It might also help avoid under-subscribed schools being closed.

However, teachers fear the staff required for each school would be reduced. It may also mean competition for places in elite schools becomes more severe with fewer places available.

Introducing small-class teaching in all secondary schools is another suggestion. This could reduce the workload for teachers and allow them to pay more attention to each student.

But it would double the government's expenditure on education, and it doesn't guarantee improved teaching.

My suggestion is to open one less class in over-subscribed schools and implement small-class teaching in schools which are under-subscribed. The government could also launch an early retirement scheme, offering bonuses to teachers who agree to retire early.

Hung Wai-ki, Our Lady of the Rosary College