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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Teaching critical thinking helps children develop an open mind

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 03:33pm by Paul Stapleton

    ... Paul Stapleton Paul Stapleton says that teaching young children to think critically could help them become better at accepting a diversity of views An open mind In education circles, the term "critical thinking" has become one of the buzzwords of our times. More often than not, the term is used to lament the lack of good-quality thinking among the current generation ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Singapore's censorship of children's book defies reality of alternative lifestyles

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 12:11pm by Kelly Yang

    ... This is why Singapore's recent attempt to destroy a children's book about penguins is like something out of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, in which all books are outlawed. Singapore's National Library Board made the decision to destroy three children's books because they were "pro-homosexuality" (even though public outcry forced it to backtrack on two ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    For the sake of children, build Hong Kong schools in Shenzhen

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 03:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... the border, forcing local pupils to travel to schools outside their home district each day. Now the situation is reversed, with many Hong Kong-born children of mainland parents, and children of Hong ... at using the allocation system to ease cross-border pressure on North District schools. The number of Shenzhen children who failed to win places in their top three schools of choice hit 33.6 per ...

  4. News - China - YANGTZE BRIEFING

    How should Jiangsu officials punish scrap collector who had 10 children?

    Posted Jun 21st 2014, 03:32am by Alice Yan

    ... Alice Yan Plight of scrap collector highlights problems with fining family planning violations How should officials punish poor farmer with 10 children? In a nation famous for its strictly enforced one-child policy, the case of a Jiangsu scrap collector who had 10 children presents authorities with a problem. Officials are unsure how to punish Liu Xiangming, because, as one official ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Stop teaching children that exams are more important than moral values

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 01:50pm by Kelly Yang

    ... Without character education, academic education is useless. Increasingly, though, parents are much more concerned about test scores, admissions and exam results than who their children ... as parents, to shift the priority and change the conversation. Kelly Yang is the founder of The Kelly Yang Project, an after-school programme for children in Hong Kong. She is a graduate ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Time to licence children's internet use

    Posted Jun 09th 2014, 12:46pm by Peter Kammerer

    ... Peter Kammerer Peter Kammerer says a recent attempted murder case should prompt us to consider setting stricter limits on children's online access Licence to surf Parents who take a laissez-faire approach to their children's online and social media activities need to check out a story that broke a few days ago. A 12-year-old girl in a US town near Milwaukee was stabbed 19 ...

  7. Comment - Letters

    Hong Kong needs commission for children to be set up

    Posted May 28th 2014, 04:28am by LETTERS

    ... Commission for children must be set up in Hong Kong As a child advocate, I believe that on June 1, International Children's Day, the community must be reminded that Hong Kong lacks ... there is still no independent commission for children. There is a long list of pressing needs for children which have still not been realised. Policymakers would probably say they are too busy attending ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    There are better ways to discipline children than using physical violence

    Posted May 18th 2014, 03:35am by SCMP Editorial

    ... Service, some two-thirds of children had been struck by their parents in the past 12 months. About half of them reported punishment that was categorised as physical abuse, such as beating with a belt, a stick or other hard object. The figures are backed up by what the parents said, with more than 54 per cent admitting they had used physical violence on their children. The findings ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Height restriction for school premises protects children's safety

    Posted May 13th 2014, 07:34pm by Kelly Yang

    ... in a haystack. Yet taking away the 24-metre restriction will open another, much worse, can of worms. It will undermine children's safety, and that is a problem far more frightening than soaring ... in the event of a fire, children cannot reasonably be expected to safely evacuate a school if it is located on too high a floor. Young children simply cannot walk down that many stairs in one go. If we ...

  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Mainland students renting rooms rather than flats in Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 11:56am by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li Mainland parents shift from buying or renting flats for their children studying in the city Rentals still in demand, but for rooms only While higher duties on property purchases in Hong Kong have scared off affluent mainland buyers, the demand for flats for rental for their children studying in the city remains unchanged. What is different this year is that some ...




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