Child Development

Popularity of 'Shichida' education bewilders experts

Dr. Chan Yee-shing. Photo: Dickson Lee

Have you ever considered your child's "right-brain capabilities"? It was questions like this, along with a whole lot of scientific jargon, that were used this week to sell to local parents the Shichida Method - a childhood development programme that is being touted as having "amazing powers" that can lead to better academic performance and healthier, happier lives.

Monday, 20 May, 2013, 5:27am

Better nutrition to combat stunting

Stunted growth in the first months of a child's life means permanent stunted development of the brain and cognitive capacity. Photo: Unicef

Stunting, a little-reported, recognised or understood human tragedy, blights the lives of some 165 million children worldwide.

28 Apr 2013 - 5:02am

Hong Kong's deadly exam culture

A survey last year found 54 per cent of Form Three and 72 per cent of Form Six students go for extra tuition after school. Photo: Edmond So

Hong Kong is not alone in having a strong exam culture. The rise of "managerialism" - the application of the business model of accountability, efficiency and surveillance to education - has had a profound effect in many countries. Education policy has been affected by globalisation as governments prioritised economic growth.

21 Mar 2013 - 2:50am 5 comments

Increasing childcare subsidies could help future generations excel

Increasing childcare subsidies could help future generations excel

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah warned in his budget speech about the challenges Hong Kong faces because of a shrinking labour force and an ageing population. Officials say this pattern will produce an unsustainable economic burden on those of working age. If so, this is a threat to our social development.

13 Mar 2013 - 3:00am 2 comments

Health bites

Health bites

This year's edition of annual charity run Beat the Banana! on March 17 will be a real family affair.

19 Feb 2013 - 9:26am

Excessive TV linked to antisocial behaviour

A study has found that children and adolescents who watch a lot of television are more likely to indulge in antisocial and criminal behaviour when they become adults. Photo: Reuters

Video killed the radio star - and television could be harming your child's social skills.

A new study published online in the journal Pediatrics has found that children and adolescents who watch a lot of television are more likely to indulge in antisocial and criminal behaviour when they become adults.

19 Feb 2013 - 10:00am

Delays in adoption cause permanent damage to children

A couple and their four adopted children in Reeseville, Wisconsin. Photo: AP

I refer to the report regarding the experiences of children adopted overseas ("HK orphans 'subjected to racism in Britain'", February 4).

The article was unhelpful and misleading about best practice for adoptive children. It failed to inform readers of the reason that Britain is reducing the importance of race in adoptions: black children are taking 50 per cent longer to be adopted.

6 Feb 2013 - 1:38am 1 comment

It's hard to teach creativity so let your child draw inspiration from art

In art, children produce more "creative" pieces. Photo: David Wong

Art is a very important part of a child's education but each will enjoy and benefit from it in different ways.

3 Feb 2013 - 3:02pm

Video games and child development

Press all the right buttons

Sony's PlayStation, Nintendo's Wii and Microsoft's Xbox all now have games that encourage movement. Xbox, for example, launched Kinect, its motion sensor, two years ago, in which a virtual character on the screen mirrors players' body movements.

28 Jan 2013 - 5:03pm

Helping children come to terms with senseless tragedy

Explaining the horrific events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School requires some delicacy. Photo: EPA

For adults, the recent shooting spree in the United States, in which 20 small children and six teachers were massacred is tragic, senseless and confusing. We cannot understand why or how such a terrible thing could happen, and our hearts are filled with sorrow for the parents, the children and the community.

13 Jan 2013 - 3:44pm

How to bridge that gap with your children

Illustration: Corbis

Imagine the literary masterpieces the world would never know if children grew up seeing eye-to-eye with their parents (Romeo who?). It's a truism as old as time that kids will spend many of their years feeling like their parents don't get them.

But sometimes they're more right than they know.

13 Jan 2013 - 4:00pm

Learning Curve: Coping with job loss

Parents' job loss can have adverse effects on their child's academic performance.

In my experience, student behaviour and academic performance that rouses concern can often be linked to problems at home. 

13 Jan 2013 - 3:36pm

Sight for sore eyes may be key to learning problems

Correction of visual problems opens the door to a new world. Photo: Corbis

Louise Chow Yuen-man realised her son Nicholas was having trouble with his studies two years ago when she found it took him a long time just to read a short passage.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:45pm 1 comment

CCTV sex education programme sparks controversy

The CCTV show stirred debate

A controversial state television programme promoting sexual education for children as young as kindergarten age has spurred a heated debate about how far mainlanders should go to shed their shyness about sex.

25 Nov 2012 - 3:58am 3 comments

Passion for learning can sustain our children into old age

A passion for learning can sustain our children into old age.

In reasonably affluent societies, life expectancy is now increasing at around half an hour per day. This is based on a reasonable extrapolation of trends around medical research linked to preventative as well as restorative health care. It means that anyone under the age of 20 has a 90 per cent chance of reaching and exceeding the age of 100.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:22am