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Standards-Based Education

Projects beneficial despite the extra work

Projects beneficial despite the extra work

My daughter is in secondary school. Besides lots of homework, she also has to do projects for various subjects. It is all so time-consuming that she has to work late into the evening on school nights. Sometimes, I have to help her finish them at midnight.

Sunday, 4 November, 2012, 10:09am


Listening to troubled teens can help

Teenagers often suffer emotional stress. Much of it comes from trying to get good results at school or in exams.

These teens may display unusual behaviour and suffer from mood swings.

They may hide their problems and not listen to others.

16 May 2012 - 12:00am

Helping the transition to secondary school is of primary importance

My son is in Primary Six and is getting stressed about moving to secondary school. He already struggles to organise himself, and he's worried about having to go to lots of different classes and having more homework. He also worries that he won't be with his friends.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am


Single women can be happy and fulfilled

I dislike the show Bride Wannabes as it promotes gender discrimination. Single women are considered as 'leftovers' and something negative to be looked down on.

Why aren't single men branded as 'leftovers', too? Why must single women try to find a boyfriend or husband?

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

Children must learn that homework is their own responsibility

My son is only in primary school, but he has a lot of homework and it's a struggle to make him do it. It sometimes includes lengthy research projects and he also gets Chinese homework as well as maths and English. All he wants to do after school is play sport, play with friends or go on the computer.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Patience brings rewards

I recently started volunteering as a tutor in a day-care centre, helping primary students with their homework.

One of the little boys was very naughty, but I did not scold him because my mum told me that teaching requires patience. I asked him to sit down properly and tried to get him to do his homework.

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Computers for poor taken over by parents

Providing poor families with access to computers and the internet can sometimes produce new problems, according to organisers of a government-funded learning programme.

A student whose family obtained a computer under the 'I Learn at home' programme found that rather than being able to use it for homework, his father took it over and became hooked on computer games.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

How to exercise his organisational muscle

My son is very disorganised. His teachers always report that he has an untidy desk tray and never keeps his table tidy. He often gets in trouble for forgetting homework, even though I remind him to take it in. He doesn't seem able to improve. He's in Year Six now, and I'm worried that he won't be able to organise himself in high school, with all the different lessons and homework schedules.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Testing primary children to the limit, and beyond

Primary and secondary school children in Hong Kong are currently in the midst of mid-term exams. Tests and exams often provoke polarised reactions: they can motivate and stimulate, or lead to anxiety and, sometimes, demoralisation.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


Reflections after Yueyue tragedy

Do you remember Yueyue? She was a two-year-old girl who was run over twice in Guangdong last October without anyone coming to her aid.

The incident was caught on video and people around the world were shocked. Many locals walked by the critically injured little girl before an elderly woman finally picked her up.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

It's good to talk: how dialogue can nip power struggles in the bud

Sarah and her son Jeremy, 15, often get into power struggles. It used to be so easy, she says. 'If I asked him to do something he did it. If I said no he accepted it.'

For his part, Jeremy says he's sick of his mother's nagging. Sarah feels that if she doesn't keep at him nothing gets done. This is affecting their relationship.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Local education system should align with international standard of learning

I refer to the letter from Umesh Kalro ('English first for better education', December 30). I strongly agree that Hong Kong's education system should be updated to meet with international standards.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

School pressure leads to materialism

Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic and Miseducated Students Denise Clark Pope Published by Yale University Press ISBN 978-0300098334

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Getting children to do homework takes patience and encouragement

My son's homework has increased dramatically now he is in Year Six and he refuses to sit down and do it. Each night is a battle, and there have been tears and quite a bit of stress all round.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Healthy work habits start with homework

My son's homework has increased dramatically now that he is in Year Six, and he is refusing to sit down and do it. Each night is a battle, and there have been tears and quite a bit of stress for everyone.

Homework is one of the simplest and oldest elements of formal education, but is often subject to the most complex practical difficulties and differing opinions.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am