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Education Reform

Back-to-front system fails homework test for those who matter

In an education system undergoing reform in the context of a shrinking school population, it should be possible to put the well-being of students at the centre of the process.

Saturday, 2 June, 2007, 12:00am

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Open discussion

The Chinese University should defend the sex poll recently run in its student journal, because it needs to provide a platform for young people to discuss these things.

A lot of what was printed concerns taboo topics, and this has triggered complaints from the public.

31 May 2007 - 12:00am

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Work on your family relationships

I would like to express my views on the relationship between parents and children.

Teenagers often don't have a good relationship with their parents.

When their parents ask them about what they are doing or about their school work, they get annoyed and snap at their mum or dad.

17 May 2007 - 12:00am

Must try harder

Months ahead of taking power in 1997, Tung Chee-hwa made an impassioned commitment to education, placing it alongside housing and the elderly at the top of his list of priorities.

Calling education 'the key to the future of Hong Kong' in his inaugural policy address, he promised a top-to-bottom overhaul of teaching and learning.

14 May 2007 - 12:00am

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Name: Roger Wright

Age: 18

City/country: Bristol/ England

School: Millfield School

Star sign: Sagittarius

I live in England, which is cold, wet and generally miserable, though thanks to global warming, the summers are getting hotter every year. Sometimes it snows in the winter.

13 May 2007 - 12:00am

Urgent need to tackle education system's abuse of our children

Tragically, yet another 11-year-old has leapt to his death over school homework problems.

And, as usual, reported comments suggested it was mostly, if not all, the child's fault. He was unable to handle pressure, or learn from mistakes and simply opted for an escape from misery.

10 May 2007 - 12:00am

Get rid of distractions

The only way you can pass exams and get great marks is to prepare. The only way to prepare is to study.

Study is simply applying your mind to understand and learn a subject. It's 'applying your mind' which is the most difficult.

Why? Because we get distracted.

7 May 2007 - 12:00am

On assignment

Hongkongers sometimes jokingly refer to Discovery Bay as 'delivery bay', and for good reason. Young children make up a large percentage of the Lantau Island enclave's population, leading to an increasing need for after-school educational services.

6 May 2007 - 12:00am

Education reforms should address real problems affecting students

Does Hong Kong have a future? Forget about the polluted air and the exodus of expats because their children are developing asthma, or the lack of democratic progress within our system of government.

It's really the state of education our children and parents are caught up in that should be worrying everyone.

5 May 2007 - 12:00am

Education reforms should address real problems affecting students

Does Hong Kong have a future? Forget about the polluted air and the exodus of expats because their children are developing asthma, or the lack of democratic progress within our system of government.

It's really the state of education our children and parents are caught up in that should be worrying everyone.

5 May 2007 - 12:00am

Research an effective vehicle for developing well-rounded skills

HKU Space Community College is aware of the need for research as a means of developing students' critical thinking skills and a sense of professionalism.

In the spring of 2005, several lecturers, including myself, embarked on a semester-long project designed to meet the needs mentioned and enhance students' English-language skills.

4 May 2007 - 12:00am

Childcare plea after suicide of boy, 11

Death leap follows row over homework

Youth concern groups yesterday renewed calls for better education in problem-solving and emotional training for children after an 11-year-old boy plunged to his death from the roof of a residential block in Fanling.

4 May 2007 - 12:00am

Repeat after me, rote learning is good

'The change in the mode of assessment is aimed at discouraging rote learning and memorisation and is in line with the education reforms' objective of casting aside outdated teaching and learning practices. This should produce better-rounded students who are innovative and have the ability to ... blah, blah, blah ...'

SCMP leader, May 1

2 May 2007 - 12:00am

Model answer for HK is to forget rote learning

The government has accepted that Hong Kong needs to change its ways to adapt to the globalised world. Reforms of some of our key institutions are under way to foster the creativity essential for increasing our competitiveness. As worthy as such strategies and policies may be, however, they have to be accompanied by the mindset that is needed to make them work.

1 May 2007 - 12:00am

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Australia's new language rules no barrier to students

21 Apr 2007 - 12:00am