PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 31 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 31 January, 2012, 12:00am


Discipline can be positive or negative

Is it better for parents to be super-strict with their children or lenient? Usually, strictness is good if it can teach us discipline and good manners. However, if it is overdone, it will become a bad thing.

I think our parents are strict because they want us to study hard and lead a fulfilling life. Also, they want us to be more responsible and understand and learn from the mistakes that we make.

However, children can become envious of their friends who have more freedom, and may even rebel and escape from their home to hang out with their friends.

It is important for parents to strike a good balance between strictness and leniency.

Miki Li Chui-yi, Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College

End discrimination and live in harmony

If we want to create a better tomorrow we need to first live in harmony. It should not matter where you come from, or the colour of your skin. What matters is who you are and where you truly belong.

A better future is one where discrimination doesn't exist. Why can't we just appreciate and cherish different races and culture?

There's still a lot to be done. Apart from the government's support, we individuals can all help out and promote the theme of racial harmony among everyone for a better tomorrow.

Phan Hong Anh, Delia Memorial School (Hip Wo)

Kowloon building sets a good example

I recently learned that the first zero-carbon-emission building to be developed in Kowloon Bay will exceed the international standard. It's great to see Hongkongers take this step toward becoming more environmentally friendly.

Our citizens do not have a high enough awareness of the problems of pollution and waste disposal in this city. This new building showcases innovative technology and eco-friendly design, using natural light and ventilation and is an example of how our society is trying become eco-friendly.

There is no doubt that city development is crucial, but we should also make an effort to think of the environment. Sustainable development means meeting the needs of economy, social demand and environment in an equal proportion.

The less pollution we produce, the healthier lives we will have.

I hope Hong Kong becomes a sustainable city in the future.

Yu Min-yu, King Ling College

Are popular schools really any better?

Many parents are disappointed when their children do not get into the most popular schools.

Some parents encourage their children to do many extracurricular activities or even move house to increase their chances of getting their children into a popular school. They think this will ensure a better education.

Yet I don't think so, because every school tries to provide the best education to their students and most teachers teach from their hearts.

I think parents should think about whether a school would suit their child, and ask themselves whether teachers are enthusiastic and whether it has a good school spirit.

This way students can have a happy and memorable school life.

Esther Liu Tsz-ching, Pooi To Middle School

Absent parents do not help families

As the mainland's economy develops rapidly, many large enterprises require employees to work a long way from home.

This means some parents come home only once a week, or even just a few times a year.

It might be a way to earn money, but I don't think it is a good idea. The role of a parent is to care for and support their children.

The most fundamental thing to maintain the relationship is good communication. Phone calls alone are not enough; children may start to think money is more important to their parents than they are.

Relationships will inevitably get worse and parents will not be able to develop a deep understanding of their children.

Also they will not be there to deal with serious problems that may occur, such as drug abuse.

Family is more important than money. So, father, mother, come back home, we need you!

Fung Sau-wai, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School