Failure can help students succeed

Paul Tough

Despite the name, Paul Tough doesn't look like a Martin Amis character. He's a tall, groomed, optimistic New Yorker - and he thinks he may have discovered the key to our children's success.

Sunday, 17 February, 2013, 3:49pm

Clear thinking leads students to the top of the form

Empathy and interest pay dividends.

Simply not giving up is not enough. You must persist in looking for new ways to reach your goal when you are stuck.

17 Feb 2013 - 3:53pm

Education is about more than just high marks

Education is about more than just high marks

Educators are increasingly aware of the importance of recognising and developing personal, social and emotional intelligence as the basis of developing vital life skills.

17 Feb 2013 - 3:44pm

Letters to the Editor, February 16, 2013

Aung San Suu Kyi is failing to take a stand. Photo: EPA

Ease rules to breathe new life into parks

Why is Hong Kong so different from other cities when it comes to managing public places meant for relaxation?

16 Feb 2013 - 5:19am 1 comment

HKU professor points to bias against rule of law among liberal arts teachers

Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting, an associate professor of law and the convenor of a steering committee for the rule-of-law education project, said he realised that some liberal studies teachers had insufficient legal knowledge, as became apparent during their attendance of the project's workshops.

12 Feb 2013 - 6:09am

Letters to the Editor, February 9, 2013

Can John Tsang put a lid on inflation? Photo: Felix Wong

Mortgage squeeze hits wrong target

Runaway prices of Hong Kong properties are making things increasingly difficult for people living and working in the city.

However, it is not just prices that make it hard for the "real" people to buy their homes.

9 Feb 2013 - 2:57am 2 comments

UK keeps GCSE, but no effect on Hong Kong schools

Britain's education secretary Michael Gove announced yesterday he has abandoned plans to replace the GCSE with a new English Baccalaureate certificate after growing concern within the coalition and from education groups.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:23am

Education chief draws blank on go-between

Eddie Ng Hak-kim. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Education minister Eddie Ng Hak-kim insisted yesterday that he does not know the close ally of Leung Chun-ying who allegedly tried to set up a meeting between the leader of an anti-national education group and the central government's liaison office.

6 Feb 2013 - 5:28am

Expand school allocation system to Shenzhen: principal

Eddie Ng Hak-kim. Photo: David Wong

The "school net" system under which primary school places are allocated based on where children live should be extended into Shenzhen, a veteran school principal has said.

6 Feb 2013 - 7:30am 1 comment

ESF to end admission priority for non-Chinese speakers

ESF's Island School on Borret Road, Mid-Levels. Photo: KY Cheng

The English Schools Foundation announced it will be ending its admissions priority for children who do not speak Chinese, in a move is likely to increase competition for expatriate children seeking to enrol at its primary schools.

7 May 2015 - 3:17pm 21 comments

Letters to the Editor, February 5, 2013

Sensible use of a smartphone is important. Photo: AP

China should get involved in arbitration

I refer to the article ("Message in a battle", January 26).

5 Feb 2013 - 2:36am

Hong Kong trails rival Singapore in students' English skills

King Ling pupils use English in some classes. Photo: David Wong

Many parents spare no efforts in brushing up their children's language skills - and not just in English. Demand for Putonghua teachers is soaring as China's clout in the global economy increases.

4 Feb 2013 - 10:22am 19 comments

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

Education secretary pledges children will be educated where they live

 A teacher shows the Chinese character "Four" to students at an international school in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

The education secretary has promised "special arrangements" to ensure that children in the northern New Territories will get a school place in the district where they live despite intense pressure on schools from cross-border pupils.

2 Feb 2013 - 10:20am 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, February 2, 2013

The city's landfills are nearing capacity. Photo: Sam Tsang

Set timetable for schools funding plan

Some people were disap- pointed that, in his maiden policy address last month, there was no concrete plan by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to implement the 15 years' free education pledged during his election campaign ("Hope for free education gives way to frustration", January 26).

2 Feb 2013 - 2:04am 1 comment