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  1. Lifestyle - Family & Education - FAMILY

    Choices in the classroom motivate learning

    Posted Jun 11th 2013, 12:00am by MABEL HSIEH

    ... this year, Primary Six pupils of Sun Fong Chung Primary School in Tai Po had fun organising their own Lunar New Year market. They made items such as beaded telephone straps for sale, and all transactions were conducted either in Putonghua or English - the main mediums of instruction at the school. All proceeds went towards an education fund. "The students loved it," says Poon ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1257832/choices-classroom-motivate-learning
  2. Lifestyle - Family & Education - EDUCATION

    Pop culture helps students learn English

    Posted Jun 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Anjali Hazari

    ... A, B, Cs are not easy Our class name is 5D 5D also means "fai dee" Composing bilingual rap with puns like these has helped students in a Band Three school in a working-class area ... of the recommendations by the Education Bureau in its strategies for planning and implementing a whole-school language policy. They find students are unable to use formal English to read, write and make oral ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1250689/pop-culture-helps-students-learn-english
  3. Lifestyle - Family & Education - TRAINING

    Giving teachers in disaster zones spiritual training

    Posted May 27th 2013, 12:00am by CYNTHIA CHAN

    ... 12 schools from Qingchuan on a tour of religious sites, including the Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre and the Buddhist Wisdom Path on Lantau Island, and visits to schools that teach ... relate to their students and talk about non-academic matters, such as spiritual and moral values. Some even broke down in tears during the visits to schools," Dr Hui says. The teachers also ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1245174/giving-teachers-disaster-zones-spiritual-training
  4. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    High-achieving teachers lead education revolution

    Posted Nov 11th 2012, 12:00am by Peter Wilby

    ... as a desperate last resort, in a mission to raise standards and aspirations in disadvantaged schools. They commit to teach for two years in such schools, during which they acquire a postgraduate general ... But they start loving the kids and moving to leadership positions within the school." After five years, more than half are still in teaching. To get Teach First started, Wigdortz overcame scepticism ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1078677/high-achieving-teachers-lead-education-revolution
  5. Comment - Letters

    National education should be introduced as mandatory subject

    Posted Aug 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... No evidence of any brainwashing in national education curriculum guide The introduction of moral and national education in the primary and secondary school curriculum has proved to be controversial. Some representatives of students, teachers and parents have disagreed with the syllabus and have said that the subject is indoctrination in disguise. Last month, there was a march against ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1014948/national-education-should-be-introduced-mandatory-subject
  6. Small school takes a national stand

    Posted Aug 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Dennis Chong and Ada Lee An 'alternative' private primary school started last year by a mother for her two children will be incorporating the controversial subject of national ... so there's an even greater need to learn about the country.' Private schools are not required to provide the subject, which is due to become compulsory in public primary schools ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1014319/small-school-takes-national-stand
  7. Call for strike has few backers

    Posted Jul 31st 2012, 12:00am

    ... support from principals and school sponsoring bodies. Last night the Professional Teachers' Union passed a resolution to mobilise teachers to boycott classes on September 3, the first day of term, if the government refuses to withdraw the subject in the new school year. Fong King-lok, an executive committee member of the union, said it was hard to estimate how many schools would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1008152/call-strike-has-few-backers
  8. View that native English-speaking teachers are better is very misguided

    Posted Jul 31st 2012, 12:00am

    ... teachers? It is an incredulous notion to assume that only native English teachers possess the capabilities to teach English. As a student, I have studied in an international school locally before ... the two years of my high school education, I had the privilege to be taught by an English teacher who spoke and wrote with such finesse. He is Singaporean-Chinese. Indeed, there is no substitute ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1008173/view-native-english-speaking-teachers-are-better-very-misguided
  9. Private tuition has its place, but only after careful consideration

    Posted Jul 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Anjali Hazari familypost@scmp.com A reader recently told me about her neighbour's daughter, who is in grade six at an international school. One day the girl's maths teacher asked students if they attended the Kumon or Enopi programmes after school. Most did, but all the teacher did was to tell the others they would have to catch up. The reader was rightly appalled. Research ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1008008/private-tuition-has-its-place-only-after-careful-consideration
  10. Parents should beware of fraudulent tutorial centres that do not help children

    Posted Jul 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... on courses that they believe will improve their child's chances of a better life, but the reality is that these courses are in no way an addition to what they learn in school, and are in fact ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1007585/parents-should-beware-fraudulent-tutorial-centres-do-not-help-children

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