What cause would get you into the streets?

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 January, 2012, 12:00am
 

Nanor Wong Si-yee, 17, St Margaret's Co-educational English Secondary School

A cause is any goal, aim or principle that one believes in strongly. What cause is just and worth fighting for to me? Inspiring people to inspire others. All I need are a few others to follow my cause, and we can quickly spread the principle to the rest of the world.

To follow this cause is to be a good role model in every aspect of life. When others follow, they will also become role models in their communities, and so on and so forth. I hope every single one of us will keep inspiring people around us all of the time.

Ever since someone else inspired me, I have tried to live by the saying: 'Aspire to inspire before you expire.' It pushes me to work harder to become better in academics and other areas, and I strive to get others to do the same as well. If I can achieve my goal, I believe society as a whole will improve no matter what the circumstances are.

Jayson Paolo Albano, 16, La Salle College

Every day, I find myself questioning our education system, and what we truly get out of it.

Education isn't about who gets the most marks; it's about whether you understand what you're being taught. We are supposed to find out for ourselves what there is to discover, and create our own understanding of how the world works. In the process, we build critical-thinking skills and independence.

Unfortunately, the current education system, with its limited university slots, is sending students into emotional turmoil. Frantically trying to survive, students are not following their curiosity. Instead, they go to tutorials, sit in exam halls and regurgitate facts. Do you think you will remember memorised facts two weeks later? The chances aren't that high.

More focus should be placed on discovering what motivates us to wake up every day, and channeling that into something special. This is a cause I'd take to the streets for, because I believe learning to learn is the most powerful ability we have as students, as well as fostering a profound desire to make the world a better place. I fully believe that with less pressure on our shoulders and by developing a healthier lifestyle, we'd be much better off than burning the midnight oil in an insidious 1attempt to beat out all the rest.

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