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Let's help students retain their curiosity

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 November, 2011, 12:00am

Thanks to modern technology, we have many new methods for learning. As well as traditional textbooks, we can learn from TV programmes, websites and video clips.

We can retrieve information conveniently just by a click of the mouse. Rather than having to memorise everything, we can use newfound knowledge creatively.

Creativity is essential for people living in the 21stcentury. Thinking of new ideas instead of following old traditions is what is needed in the world. I think our system of 'spoon-feeding' students hampers the creativity and development of young people.

There are many talented children. They have good imagination and are curious. Yet in just cramming for exams year after year in school, they lose their creativity.

We should encourage them to use the technology at their disposal to discover the world around them.

Janice Yau, SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Janice. Young Post cadet Matthew Murchie recently wrote an opinion piece about students' over-reliance on online resources in doing research. Your letter makes an interesting contrast.

Certainly technology, and especially the internet, has made a lot of things in life far quicker and easier. We have access to far more information than any other generation before us. However, the internet has made some things so easy - finding information, contacting people and so on - that some people don't know how to behave offline.

It's a terrifying thought that, placed in real-life social situations, some young people just would not know how to interact with others. Without the help of their screens and emoticons, some might find themselves becoming hopeless even at the most basic conversation.

It's scary, too, that some students might not know how to find information in a traditional library or learn anything on their own.

Technology is amazing, but we must also cultivate our social skills.

Karly, Deputy Editor

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