System is largely to blame
THERE has been criticism, in these columns, of teenagers in Hong Kong. They have been accused of not taking sufficient interest in their studies.
I believe that it is the education system that must take a large portion of blame for not responding to a changing environment. I have come into contact with lots of students who have listed shopping and sleeping as their main priorities.
They also show little interest in local or international politics.
This is as a result of many teachers' unwillingness to expose their students to situations that involve group interaction such as role playing and project writing.
Unfortunately, rote learning seems to be the most favoured method of teaching, because it requires the least preparation.
I urge teachers to promote a more flexible system in order to enable students to 'tackle' current issues. Also, teachers should stop using the students as scapegoats when poor examination results occur.
J. GROSSMARK Lantau