Education should not just focus on academic work. The government should promote Liberal Studies among young people.
The subject focuses on current affairs, which is a good way for students to acquire general knowledge. It also helps to raise students' interest in politics, which is better than the 'talk and chalk' method used in the classroom.
To promote interest in the subject, lively games and activities can be organised. The games can help students explore new concepts, such as civic rights and freedom.
Young people must be prepared to cope with the challenges facing Hong Kong's fast-changing society. They should be civic-minded and contribute to society.
Liberal Studies can also develop students' analytical power. It's better to give students an all-round education.
Emily Wong, Leung Shek Chee College
From the Editor
Thanks for your letter, Emily. I am glad you have raised the issue of Liberal Studies as it gives me the opportunity to promote the special double-page spreads that we run on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Each week we look at two hot issues - presenting the information in text, fact boxes, charts and graphs. We also categorise the subjects within 11 broadly defined categories, from globalisation to the environment.
Liberal Studies gives you the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the world - and our pages help you to do just that. In addition to giving you a wide knowledge base, they also give you prompts and tools to help you draw conclusions and form your own opinions.