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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Liberal studies teachers must beware danger of tying grades to politics

    Posted Apr 17th 2013, 12:00am by Kelly Yang

    ... school students in New York state were given a writing assignment to argue why Jews are evil. Their five-paragraph essay must demonstrate their ability to "think like a Nazi" using ... they rewrite their essay with another example and explain why. But I do not assign a grade. Yet the examiners of our local schools must give a grade. In this year's secondary school exam, both ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Was Confucius a behavioural scientist?

    Posted Mar 18th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... "nanny state" schools of libertarian paternalism and coercive paternalism it has inspired. Much has been written about the revival of Confucianism as a political philosophy and ideology ... to save for retirement. For Conly, it should make pension-saving mandatory. Likewise, he would encourage more attractive displays of fruit and vegetables in school canteens; she would ban junk ...

  3. News - World - MOROCCO

    Moroccan village divided over 'Islamists' driving out prostitutes

    Posted Oct 31st 2012, 12:00am by The New York Times in Ain Leuh

    ... with drunken, brawling clients, tired of having their daughters propositioned as they headed home from school, tired of being embarrassed about where they lived. "It reached a point after ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Americans in Hong Kong join election countdown

    Posted Oct 27th 2012, 12:00am by Christy Choi

    ... representatives for Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Questions will be written by pupils from Hong Kong International School's advanced-placement class on US government and politics, said Jane Buck, ... 'Hey, maybe there's more to it than what the guy looks like'," Buck said. On November 7, the consulate will bring in students from local schools to experience the atmosphere ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Former chief secretary Stephen Lam upbeat on Hong Kong in UK speech

    Posted Oct 20th 2012, 12:00am by Tanna Chong

    ... to leave himself a back door for getting back to politics someday," said Ting, who is pursuing a politics doctorate at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chinese University ...

  6. Comment

    Textbook example of a global problem

    Posted Oct 20th 2012, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Textbook example of a global problem The fight over what textbooks to use in schools- which is at the bottom of our acrimonious row over national education- ... Americans put the highest diplomatic pressure on Saudi Arabia after September 11, 2001, to reform school curriculums that encouraged extremist fundamentalism. Riyadh said it has done so. But outside ...

  7. News - Hong Kong

    C.Y. Leung's challenge of convincing Hongkongers he's on their side

    Posted Oct 11th 2012, 12:00am by Tony Cheung

    ... The other spark for the surge in anti-mainland sentiment has been the government's ill-fated attempt to introduce national education classes in schools. Within days of Leung taking office, ... politics could "victimise" people. Mass protests last month led to a climbdown, with schools given the option of whether to teach the subject. On Monday, Leung confirmed government ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Time to end national education row

    Posted Oct 09th 2012, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... defeat. As announced by Anna Wu Hung-yuk, the head of the government's task force on the subject, schools may decide on their own how to pursue national education. However, the official 200-plus-page guideline has been declared "invalidated" and will not be replaced with another one. Officials are therefore able to claim national education remains part of our school ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    National education guidelines should be scrapped, says panel

    Posted Sep 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Dennis Chong dennis.chong@scmp.com After schools are allowed to decide whether to introduce controversial subject, panel suggests advice on curriculum ought to be 'invalidated' ... Hung-yuk yesterday. It would also recommend that schools be allowed to use a different name for the controversial subject to suit their own curriculum, which could contain religious or other social ...

  10. News - China - POLITICS

    Tibetan exiles gather to debate future of their land

    Posted Sep 26th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... martial law remains in force in Tibet," Penpa Tsering said in an opening address at the conclave, held in a school hall. "[China] has converted Tibet into a territory resembling a prison ...




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