Gender equality is an important right
Males and females should be equal. However, it seems that they still cannot enjoy the same rights. A few months ago, a female teacher was fired because she refused to wear a skirt to school. Obviously, this is a kind of discrimination.
Let's go back to history. In ancient China, men could be officials. They were given the chance to study or work. However, women could only stay at home and look after the children.
All important decisions were made by men, who enjoyed a higher social status than women. Coming back to the 21st century, the unfairness can still be seen.
But it's not only women who face discrimination now. The same happens to men, too. Men are expected to earn money and support the family. As a result, men who prepare dinner, do housework or look after the children are ridiculed.
Many people may think that this issue is not as important as solving economic problems or improving hospital services.
Although that may be true, delaying a change in attitudes to sex discrimination will make the problem more serious. Gender equality is a kind of human right which we have to protect.
Charlie Chan Tin-kin, Carmel Secondary School
Make best use of 'wired classes'
It's very common to see computers in Hong Kong's classrooms. It is because we think technology helps students' learning. However, some parents think technology is a distraction; they say computers inhibit critical thinking.
When those parents were young, the only teaching tools were a blackboard, chalk, workbooks and pencils. Thus they don't think technology helps students do any better than with pen and paper. Also, many children fall short of their parents' expectations.
I don't agree with people who say technology is very easy to use.
We all know we can learn many new things from different websites. This helps us stay in touch with what's happening around the world. Technology in the classroom also benefits teachers. For example, they can create a slide show or even play a video to their students.
If students enjoy learning, they won't be distracted. While there is a lack of technology in some countries, we should treasure our 'wired classrooms'.
Lee Chun-hei, King Ling College
Learn to accept other viewpoints
We all have different characters and skills. Some people are friendly, some are shy, some are leaders, some are outgoing and so on.
I believe it's good for us to express ourselves. But, when we hold different views to others, we might come into conflict with them. If we don't deal with such a situation properly, it may harm relationships.
To avoid confrontations, we should have an open mind and learn to accept other opinions. Besides, everyone makes mistakes. If you just persist with your own views, others might think you are very stubborn and wouldn't want to communicate with you any more. Consequently, your personal relationships will suffer.
Tense student-teacher relations
Nowadays, some students' attitude towards teachers has changed. They no longer respect teachers.
Some of them may even insult their teachers. I think their mistrust results from a misunderstanding of the roles teachers and students play. Why?
Teachers have a heavy workload. The government requires them to teach as well as do administrative duties. Teachers, therefore, do not have the time to care about students' needs. There is also no proper counselling for students and their development depends on themselves.
To make matters worse, the media usually conveys the message that teenagers are independent and don't listen to anyone's advice. It is not easy for schools to teach them traditional values like respecting teachers and parents.
And some students are easily influenced by their peers. They will stand together to oppose teachers' instructions or break school rules.
I believe that if the problem is created by us students, it can be solved by us, too. I want to express my support for those teachers who are troubled by this problem.
Tom Mok Yiu-cheung, Pentecostal Lam Hon Kwong Secondary School