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Intellectual Giftedness

Lesson for parents on fast-track kids

The competitive schooling system in Hong Kong has made getting children into the best schools the dream of many parents. To stay ahead of others, emphasis is often skewed towards academic achievements, so much so that the child's other developments are sometimes ignored.

Friday, 3 February, 2012, 12:00am


Gifted children face added pressures

Recently, I read an article about how the parents of gifted children feel their children's lives are harder because they are different to others.

I have to agree with them in some ways. Being gifted can set a child apart.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Pint-sized Picassos

Most children her age are still doodling with crayons or spattering paint. But three-year-old Celeste Wong Kai-yee has been painting up a storm that led to two solo exhibitions earlier this year.

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

A look on the bright side

Students barely in their teens secure university places. Primary pupils pass high school public exams with flying colours. Playing instruments that tower over them, young musicians beat older rivals to win top prizes in international competitions.

News of students excelling at ever younger ages has put the spotlight on education for the city's gifted children.

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


Policy on gifted students is ripe for change

I refer to your editorial ('Common sense must apply for gifted children', January 11).

As the father of March Boedihardjo [who was admitted to Baptist University at age nine], I appreciate that the Academy for Gifted Education has carried out a good job for the past two years but much more can be done.

17 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Talking Points

The idea that we are going to surge a tremendous amount of money and assets in [Afghanistan] and they are suddenly going to be able to jet-propel themselves from the 12th century to the American industrial revolution of the 1900s is absurd

Kit Parker (left), Harvard associate professor and US army major

19 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

More students join gifted scheme

About a third more students have been admitted to government-subsidised courses for the exceptionally gifted this school year than last year.

Some 1,140 students nominated by schools were enrolled this academic year, 36 per cent more than last school year, said Abraham Tang King-hong , the Academy for Gifted Education's associate director (student programmes and services).

6 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

A timely focus on dos and don'ts of grade skipping

There is renewed attention on grade skipping by gifted schoolchildren following the release of results of the recent Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination, and the applications by 13- and 14-year-olds to study at universities.

10 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Psychologist wants to help gifted children contribute to nation

Shi Jiannong has spent more than two decades studying childhood intellectual development and although he regards himself as quite 'slow', he spends his days sharing insights with various kinds of junior geniuses. Dr Shi talks to Stephen Chen about the misunderstandings and mistreatment that gifted children often face on the mainland.

16 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

The downside of being gifted

Some gifted children who do exceedingly well academically suffer when their parents begin to expect too much from them. They have to bear the burden of performing brilliantly all the time. Even a slight drop in grades upsets them.

Aren't they humans too? Why do they have to perform excellently all the time? This continued need to achieve can become an inhibiting factor.

27 Feb 2008 - 12:00am


Give your extra money to charity

I'd like to share my views about teenagers who are becoming increasingly brand-conscious.

They are prepared to pay a lot of money for well-known labels, such as Levi's, Westwood and Agnes b.

Nowadays, many parents earn more money than their counterparts from previous generations.

10 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Everyone has a talent - make use of it

Gifted children have been in the news since a 14-year-old girl and a nine-year old boy started university.

It is many people's dream to go to university. Many students may feel jealous of these young geniuses.

But I don't think being a gifted child is easy. We only

20 Sep 2007 - 12:00am


Speech Festival stifled by publishers' unfair copyright demands

The annual speech festival for students is almost upon us again, and again it has become more difficult for teachers and students to obtain poems and prose pieces at a reasonable price.

15 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Should gifted students be allowed to enter university early?

Each week our two teenagers debate a hot topic. This week ...

Jeffrey Wong, 19, Diocesan Boys' School

Ever since the tremendous success achieved by Chan Yik-hei, our society has paid more attention to talented students. Recently, the spotlight has been placed on gifted students that may be admitted to tertiary institutions.

12 Sep 2007 - 12:00am


Gifted students don't need any more protection

A Polytechnic University professor has made the curious suggestion of passing a law to safeguard the educational rights of exceptionally talented youngsters ('Law for talented children urged', August 25).

31 Aug 2007 - 12:00am