Knowledge Sharing

National education 'risks poll backlash'

The government would be foolhardy to 'steamroll ahead' with its plan to start teaching national education this year because the issue might blow up in its face, a leading Basic Law specialist and mainland adviser warned.

Monday, 27 August, 2012, 9:13pm

National education must be impartial

When teaching materials intended to enhance a deeper understanding of the country end up singing praises to people in power, when education groups with clear political inclinations are given public funds to spoon-feed patriotism, teachers and parents can be excused for feeling outraged and worried about school children being 'brainwashed' in the name of national education.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

More cheese for your chalk

United States President Barack Obama recently said the highest return available on any investment was the one made by parents in their children's educations. Everyone sort of knows this, but can this assertion be quantified?

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

National education needs impartiality

The need for younger generations to understand more about their country is universal. Some of our neighbouring countries have long included national education in their curriculums. It makes sense for Hong Kong to do the same, especially since the city has been reunified with China for almost 15 years. But this is easier said than done.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Beyond numbers

For many educationalists and professors, it was very discouraging to read the headline of a recent commentary in this paper, 'The last thing Hong Kong needs is more education'.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

'No guarantee' of smooth roll-out for morals classes

Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai has been drawn into the debate over a government plan to introduce compulsory national education in secondary schools by 2013.

27 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

A big, small idea

Hong Kong's declining birth rate means a continued drop in the student population and an acute shortage of students entering secondary schools. The government is adding fuel to the fire because of its shortsightedness in education policy and unwillingness to invest in nurturing the next generation.

25 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

PolyU programme is 'a first' in Asia

Polytechnic University's (PolyU) master of design (MDes) programme allows practising designers, with many years of professional experience, to become design educators - or to advance in their careers.

'The MDes is the first and only design education programme in Asia,' says programme manager Christine Tsin.

15 May 2010 - 12:00am

E-books will ruin sight, say teachers

Teachers have told a survey that using e-books will ruin students' eyesight and writing skills. Almost 59 per cent of 1,051 respondents to a Women Teachers' Organisation survey said it would be impossible to switch from real to digital books in schools.

15 Dec 2008 - 12:00am


Debate on religion should not be labelled as bullying in our secular schools

I read with interest your article 'Bullies targeting faithful' (Education Post, November 22). While I do not condone bullying and abhor the violence associated with extreme bullying, it would be a worrying development if criticism of religion became seen to be bullying.

6 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Moral education can fill the ethical vacuum

The importance of moral education cannot be overemphasised. University graduates with low moral standards and a lack of self-discipline will become irresponsible citizens in the future. Such a worrying trend calls for the government and educators to do some soul-searching and take action.

9 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Education provides solid foundation

Students graduating from university will usually find it easier to get a job, but that doesn't necessarily mean that university education is a guarantee of success.

21 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Differing views on the best kind of education for our children

I echo Wong Ka-yan's comments ('Our education system has to be competitive', November 6).

Students must learn to shoulder pressure in school. I have observed lessons in different schools. Many secondary school teachers prepared extensive PowerPoint slides and notes for students.

9 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Learning without pens and paper

It's goodbye chalk, blackboard and even textbooks in the classroom and hello to a new age of computers and e-books. At least it is if the latest Education and Manpower Bureau 'IT in Education Strategy' pays off.

30 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Education in the firing line

Two distraught teachers embrace the burned remains of two colleagues on the roadside, shot and set alight outside their school in southern Thailand.

A teacher in Baghdad, Iraq, is raped, mutilated and her body is strung up and left hanging outside the school gates for days.

5 May 2007 - 12:00am