The science of knowledge helps parents teach children

Students at Diocesan Boys' School. Students learn best in an environment where they are challenged just beyond their expertise. Photo: Ricky Chung

It has been a privilege to facilitate the learning of exceptional young people in my teaching career.

Sunday, 25 November, 2012, 11:59am

A collective approach to dealing with complexity

"The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them".

A big puzzle that has remained with the current unfolding crisis is why didn't the brightest minds see it coming? As Albert Einstein famously said: "The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them."

27 Oct 2012 - 1:35am

What to look for in an American institution

Webster Hall on the campus of Dartmouth College. Photo: Bloomberg

What is the difference between a US college and university? In most countries, universities generally refer to an institution of higher learning that confers degrees. However, in the US these terms are used interchangeably; Dartmouth College, for example, is a high-ranking university.

21 Oct 2012 - 11:30am

National education curriculum guide to drop references to 'modern China'

Alumni protesting outside King's College. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The Education Bureau is cutting references to contemporary China from its curriculum guide on the national education subject, it said yesterday.

The announcement came two days after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying scrapped the three-year deadline for implementing the controversial subject, amid loud public protests.

11 Sep 2012 - 7:14am

Between the lines: Bring Me A Book Institute

Reading aloud to children brings much joy and many benefits

The topics covered when I first started writing this column - why, how and what to read aloud to children - appear basic and intuitive. But even I was surprised at how much I learned about the subject after becoming involved with the charity Bring Me A Book Hong Kong, although I fancied myself a bit of an expert.

1 Sep 2012 - 4:49pm

Imperfect world

Jewellery designer Pieter Louis Erasmus always knew he was unsuited to a nine-to-five life. 'I don't like working for other people. I studied fine arts so I think from the beginning I've always been pretty unemployable,' he says.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Tablets put schools on learning curve

How long before we swap textbooks for tablets? Within three years, students in South Korea will read digital textbooks instead of paper versions, says its Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, which is sinking more than 3.5 trillion won (HK$24 billion) into the programme.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Sherrie Levine

Works (including Javelina Skull) by the American photographer and appropriation artist that represent a continuing exploration of the recontextualisation and reworking of the found object. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm, Simon Lee Gallery, 304, 3/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St, Central. Inquiries: 2801 6252. Ends Jun 25

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Consultants bridge gap

With the global economy still sputtering and growth slowing, the mainland has become more important and competitive than ever for multinational companies. It's big business for international firms and the consultants who help them, to the tune of US$15 billion per year.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Naturally delightful

Furnishing a new flat and want to give it some character? Horizon Plaza can be a good place to hunt for unique items of furniture. Some of these pieces are natural talking points.

At TREE on the 28th floor, all the signature pieces are made by hand and accord with a 'profits with principles' philosophy.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

A cultural crisis writ large for China

Language and destiny go hand in hand, as much for countries as for individuals. The mainland has been acutely aware of that as it strives to meet its goal of teaching another 43 million people to read and write adequately by 2015. Under a 12-year programme that has made literacy a national priority, the number of people considered illiterate has declined by two million annually.

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

'Use idle sites to ease land shortage'

An independent lobby group of professionals is urging the government to first develop underused and polluted rural sites - which together make up an area equivalent to half of the Kowloon peninsula - before resorting to reclamation.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

HK$4,500-a-month help for elderly

The elderly are in line for a monthly subsidy of as much as HK$4,500 to pay for services such as the delivery of meals and physiotherapy.

The pilot scheme would help the elderly take advantage of assistance provided by day care centres and elderly homes, Labour and Welfare Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said yesterday.

4 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

The man with a mind for making it all memorable

A former philosophy student from Hong Kong has broken four national records in a memory contest to become a champion in Australia.

Li Kam-fung, 23, set four records at the 2011 Australian Memory Championships held this month.

In the 15-minute category, he memorised 280 random numbers in that time. The previous record was 258 numbers.

26 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Joining the big league at Aon

Financial institutions are accelerating their investment in the Greater China region and it's no wonder - with dynamic advantages from which to benefit on both sides. Risk management services provider Aon Risk Solutions recently appointed Owen Belman as chief executive officer of Greater China in a strategic move to enhance its leadership in the region. He swaps e-mail with Hilda Poon

10 Sep 2011 - 12:00am