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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Parents need to stop whingeing to teachers about the little things

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 01:10pm by Kelly Yang

    ... Kelly Yang Kelly Yang says parents must learn to voice their legitimate concerns to teachers, rather than always whingeing about the little things Pick your battle These days, many Hong Kong parents seem to know more about school than the teachers. Or, at least, that's how it seems, according to a recent survey, by the Federation of Education Workers, that showed teachers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1462302/parents-need-stop-whingeing-teachers-about-little-things
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Focus on teachers to make the next leap in education

    Posted Jan 29th 2014, 04:09am by IRINA BOKOVA

    ... Irina Bokova Irina Bokova says we must go beyond getting children into the classroom Focus on teachers to make the next leap in education Imagine you are a young boy or girl from a poor ... Discrimination is being exacerbated by the crisis. More fortunate children are taught by teachers with the best training and resources, while the most disadvantaged get teachers with the least training ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1416237/focus-teachers-make-next-leap-education
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Restructure English tests for Hong Kong teachers to raise language standards

    Posted Jan 27th 2014, 09:22pm by Philip Yeung

    ... Philip Yeung Philip Yeung says standards will only improve with more emphasis on reading and writing Language tests for Hong Kong teachers should focus on everyday use of English The Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers (English) is now entering its 13th year. But, despite a revision in 2007, little has changed. The exams were set up in answer to an outcry from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1414933/restructure-english-tests-hong-kong-teachers-raise-language
  4. Comment - Letters

    Dictation classes teach students to memorise, rather than understand

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 03:57am by LETTERS

    ... SCMP Editorial Dictation classes teach students to memorise, rather than understand I believe dictation is a ritual performed by teachers who are not resourceful. Consequently, parents and students all suffer, while gaining very little. As a father and a secondary school English language teacher, I have little respect for this commonly practised "tool of learning". My two ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1479173/dictation-classes-teach-students-memorise-rather-understand
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Smaller classes for some will create a more equal education system in Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 02:40am by Kerry Kennedy

    ... system for Hong Kong Size matters The Education Bureau, Professional Teachers' Union and principals have been at odds about responses to the falling secondary school population in Hong Kong. ... the number of teachers through voluntary redundancies. The principals and teachers' union want to see a reduction in existing class size in each school. Both proposals require close scrutiny. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1466367/smaller-classes-some-will-create-more-equal-education-system
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Take the tension out of discussion over secondary school class cuts

    Posted Apr 05th 2014, 04:48am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Time to take the heat off schools When schools have to worry about their future because of insufficient student intake, and when teachers fear their jobs are no longer secure and threaten to take to the streets, something is clearly amiss. We are not talking about education in the third world; these are the burning issues faced by teachers and schools across ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1465169/take-tension-out-discussion-over-secondary-school-class-cuts
  7. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, April 19, 2014

    Posted Apr 19th 2014, 03:17am by LETTERS

    ... to their teachers. They have few opportunities to interact and some who need help will be neglected by the teacher. Under these conditions, lessons become boring. For these reasons, I think small-class teaching is essential in our schools. With fewer pupils, there will be a greater opportunity to interact. They will be more likely to ask the teacher questions and the teachers will have the time ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1487683/letters-editor-april-19-2014
  8. Comment - Letters

    Hong Kong educators doing their best to help children with autism

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 05:16am by LETTERS

    ... Foundation has hired many well-qualified and experienced teachers, including therapists trained by the Autism Recovery Network, to provide better services. Rather than make discouraging comments, we ... is paired with a mainstream peer who can offer support, including with social difficulties. A core group of teachers in each school is also trained in special needs. There is certainly no perfect ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1483296/hong-kong-educators-doing-their-best-help-children-autism
  9. Comment - Letters

    Our schools can teach English better

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 03:46am by LETTERS

    ... SCMP Editorial Our schools can teach English better and not bore our children Sean Oh's letter (" Dictation can help students and teachers ", March 31) and Roger ... words and filling in the blanks, he was reading the Nancy Drew novels and whatever this paper wrote on David Beckham. Third, Oh says dictation "enables teachers to gauge the standard ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1467834/our-schools-can-teach-english-better
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    How Hong Kong mainstream schools are failing children with autism

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 05:08am by TOBY MOUNTJOY

    ... Toby Mountjoy Toby Mountjoy says overburdened HK teachers lack time and resources Our mainstream schools are failing children with autism The most recent report from the Centres ... Another major challenge faced by teachers is the regulation of behaviour. Problems occur for a variety of reasons, including stress and frustration, inattention and lack of understanding, which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1462561/how-hong-kong-mainstream-schools-are-failing-children-autism

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