He can add up, so what's the problem?

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My son's teacher has said he is not good at problem solving, which is ridiculous. He has been in after-school maths programmes for two years and can do all his multiplication tables. He is very good at solving problems rapidly. How can I prove her wrong?

Tuesday, 2 April, 2013, 10:38am

Parents' rows can hurt kids

I don't think parents should argue in front of their children. Two weeks ago, my classmate told me that her parents had a row in front of her and it scared her. She said she was worried about her family.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Not half

'Baseball is ninety per cent mental and the other half physical.' Yogi Berra - former American baseball player

I'll see you at half-time.

Who or what is .........?

1 my other half

a. the person I am married to or in a relationship with

b. the person I sit next to at work

2 half-time

24 Jan 2011 - 12:00am


Report on law reform was lost in black hole

The recent focus on the dismal record of the administration in taking forward the reports of the Law Reform Commission is welcome and may provide some comfort to those who have contributed to the commission's work.

3 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Filter out needless information

Most of us are flooded with emails, text messages and phone calls at work everyday.

Trying to respond to each and every one of them - perhaps out of the anxiety that we may miss something if we don't - often interrupts our train of thought and flow of concentration and that may render us less effective at work.

8 May 2010 - 12:00am

Suffering, and the end of it - Lau Nai-keung

Hong Kong is no longer a harmonious society; as much as a quarter of the adult population across different age groups say they sympathise with using 'radical means' to force the government to respond to their pleas.

16 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Magical moments to capture

Almost everyone has times in their professional life when it seems everything is going their way. As if by magic, ideas and suggestions are all finding favour, new business keeps materialising, plans fall into place, and problems that had looked insurmountable suddenly resolve themselves.

10 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Going on the road to success

Vickie Sek is quick to point out that her job is not for the dilettante or the faint of heart. Clearly, the role of director of the jewellery and jadeite department for international auction house Christie's does radiate a certain glamour, but that comes with long hours, hard work and a tough year-round travel schedule.

13 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Be creative and live comfortably

Downsizing from a large flat to a small studio space does not necessarily mean an equivalent scaling down of comfort or living standards.

People who are serious about living in a confined space can use a number of tricks to make their home as comfortable and efficient as possible.

The key is to keep things visually clean and simple.

12 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Brought to book

Are we what we read? Many people apparently make this assumption - especially criminal investigators.

4 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Saved by an ipod

You are listening to an online teen radio programme when you hear this item about a teenager whose life was saved by an iPod. What happened? How could an iPod save anyone's life? Listen carefully and answer the questions.

Question 1

What caused the accident?

Question 2

Who was injured?

Question 3

16 Oct 2009 - 12:00am


Face the world with a smile

Everyone likes people who smile. Nobody likes people who look miserable. According to scientists, smiling is good for our health - and it is free.

Smiling can give us a good appetite. It can also make us forget our troubles and be happy.

18 Aug 2009 - 12:00am


US the problem, not solution, in Europe

Sergei Karaganov, chairman of Russia's Council on Foreign and Defence Policy, paints a noble and inspiring vision of a Europe, including Russia, united free and at peace ('Time to end cold war, or risk starting real one', August 7).

17 Aug 2009 - 12:00am


Forget drug tests and focus on real crimes

Your editorial ('Shelve this ill-conceived drug-testing scheme', August 7), correctly in my view slates the administration's ill-conceived policy. We don't have a 'drug problem in schools'. We have some kids who have gone off the rails.

Politicians love to drum up a scare then trumpet their solution.

15 Aug 2009 - 12:00am


Fair should focus on main products

The Hong Kong Book Fair is a popular annual event. People have always gone to stock up on books at very reasonable prices.

But this year, the focus has been on something almost totally unrelated to books: 'pseudo-models'.

The book fair should be a healthy activity for families and teenagers.

4 Aug 2009 - 12:00am