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Critical Thinking

Liberal studies teachers must beware danger of tying grades to politics

Last week, a group of high 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 evidence from the Third Reich government propaganda. It was an exercise meant to link English class with a history lesson on the Holocaust; instead, it caused an uproar among parents, educators and the Jewish community.

Wednesday, 17 April, 2013, 5:39am 1 comment

Liberal studies leave no room for thinking

Our public education system may be beyond reform. Every attempt at reform either ends up accentuating the very features we were trying to change or making life worse for teachers and students. Take, for example, the new liberal studies curriculum, a signature programme of the government's dismal, decade-old education reform.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Liberal studies failing to meet goals set for it

Most teachers are spoon-feeding students in liberal studies classes, a University of Hong Kong study has found, despite this method being discouraged in a subject that was a key component of education reforms.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Wing Lung banks on mainland exposure

As China assumes an increasingly important role in the economic sphere, mainland work experience adds a competitive edge to any young professional's skill set.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Parents' rows can hurt kids

I don't think parents should argue in front of their children. Two weeks ago, my classmate told me that her parents had a row in front of her and it scared her. She said she was worried about her family.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Students set out on new course

Mrs SY Fung Teacher

What were the challenges in preparing for and teaching Liberal Studies (LS)?

28 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Lessons in taking the lead

Leadership has taken a beating this millennium. Soon after the dawn of the 21st century, executives of American-energy giant Enron were found to have orchestrated one of the biggest frauds of all time, igniting investigations into a string of similar cases.

5 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Movie helps get the message across

If there is one bold statement of a resurgence in 'red culture', it is the blockbuster Beginning of the Great Revival, aimed at drumming up support for the Communist Party on its 90th anniversary.

2 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Report into police exam raises more questions

In October, a remarkable drop in the pass rates of the Hong Kong Standard III Inspectorate Professional Examination held by the police force for officers who hope to make the step up to senior and chief inspector ranks sparked serious concern both within the force, and among the public.

27 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Teens need to rethink value system

I have serious doubts about teenagers' values. The story of a Form Two student giving out cash and iPhones to classmates who called him 'Big Brother' was shocking. He did it to impress a girl he likes.

12 Jan 2011 - 12:00am