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  1. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Mainland vocational school gives disruptive students a second chance to learn

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 05:47pm by Linda Yeung

    ... Linda Yeung linda.yeung@scmp.com Lessons in humility At the school founded by Yang Changhong, students go through a stringent daily regimen of training. Their military-style uniform symbolises the special type of education they are in for. The school, located on the outskirts of Guiyang, the provincial capital of Guizhou, caters for at-risk youths- students predominantly from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1585935/mainland-vocational-school-gives-disruptive-students
  2. Lifestyle - Family & Education - REFLECTIONS

    Degree from top school guarantees nothing

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 05:47pm by Linda Yeung

    ... administration degrees received them from less prestigious or public schools. Three top US examples are Douglas McMillon of Wal-Mart Stores (University of Tulsa in Oklahoma), John Hammergren ... influences from social media and the internet, schools need wisdom and prioritising to design a balanced curriculum. But students and families must also realise that a place at Oxford or Yale ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1585933/degree-top-school-guarantees-nothing
  3. Lifestyle - Food & Wine

    School chef honed skills on warship

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 05:23pm by Catharine Nicol

    ... Catharine Nicol life@scmp.com School chef honed skills on warship With a bandana for a chef's hat and a wicked sense of humour, chef Sonny Huh is a South Korean Captain Jack Sparrow, and his Black Pearl is the popular restaurant franchise School Food. His zany brand of modern Korean comfort and street food shot to fame when it featured on a popular Korean drama. Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/food-wine/article/1585125/school-chef-honed-skills-warship
  4. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Cantonese or Putonghua in schools? Hongkongers fear culture and identity 'waning'

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:05am by Elaine Yau

    ... made up primarily of Cantonese speakers, he thought. "Most nursery schools have adopted Putonghua and English as their medium of instruction. Parents see playgroups as a way to learn a new ... schools is causing concern- and some resentment- among Hongkongers. While educators are split about the efficacy of adopting Putonghua as the medium of instruction, some residents fear that Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1583037/argument-continues-over-using-cantonese-or-putonghua
  5. Lifestyle - Family & Education - CLASS ACTION

    How to overcome a teary start to the school year

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 05:31pm by KRIS GIENGER

    ... Kris Gienger life@scmp.com When the tears start to flow, keep calm and be patient My son cries at the beginning of the year. This is his third year in primary school and he still cries ... the home environment for school upsets many children, and parents. Often the first day of the year has staff busy consoling children and settling them into their classes, while handling anxious ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1582967/how-overcome-teary-start-school-year
  6. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Cost limits expansion of small-class teaching

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 05:16pm by Linda Yeung

    ... lessons. The teacher is lively and we have more chances to ask and answer questions," says Form Two student Alester Tsang. Junior form students at the school are split into either classes of 24 or 12 for the three subjects, depending on their academic results, while those in senior forms remain in classes of about 36 for all subjects, as in other public schools. Dr So Ying-lun, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1596126/cost-limits-expansion-small-class-teaching
  7. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Ukulele gains popularity in schools

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 10:23am by Hazel Parry

    ... a recorder from school- it signals the start of a period when peace at home will broken by high-pitched whistles, as the young novice tries to master the instrument. But thanks to the growing popularity of the ukulele in Hong Kong schools, an increasing number of parents are finding that they can sit back and listen to the strains of an instrument associated with the palm-fringed beaches ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1580570/ukulele-gains-popularity-schools
  8. Lifestyle - Family & Education - RACISM

    Racial stereotyping in Hong Kong's textbooks undermines harmony

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 05:17pm by Bernice Chan

    ... in a maelstrom of recriminations after putting up a post on his Hong Wrong blog about racial stereotyping in a primary school workbook. The post, which appeared a few months ago, attracted more than ... studies workbook for Hong Kong primary schools, was trying to instil multiculturalism; the problem was with its approach, says Grundy, who is also a co-founder of the advocacy group, HK Helpers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1595406/textbooks-fail-promote-racial-harmony
  9. Lifestyle - Health - FROM THE EXPERTS

    Children who refuse to go to school

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 04:14pm by XX

    ... Stephen Ng Wai-man life@scmp.com Students at breaking point Another school year is upon us, and most children and their parents look forward to it. But there are children who simply cannot face the prospect of school. These students suffer from a condition known as school refusal. Child psychiatrists often receive referrals connected with school refusal, but it is important ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/article/1579181/children-who-refuse-go-school
  10. Lifestyle - Family & Education - LEARNING CURVE

    New school year resolutions

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 04:41pm by Anjali Hazari

    ... Anjali Hazari life@scmp.com New school year resolutions One of the many things I love about teaching is being given a clean slate each September. I will be given new students who will have ... and "getting homework done on time". Jean Louis Desgouttes, who starts his International General Certificate of Secondary Education course at the French International School, is excited to meet ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1579186/new-school-year-resolutions

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