Kerry Kennedy

Kerry Kennedy

Kerry Kennedy is professor emeritus and adviser (academic development) at The Education University of Hong Kong. He was formerly director of the Centre for Governance and Citizenship and dean of the Faculty of Education and Human Development. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Opinion | Hong Kong’s future leaders need an education system fit for challenging times

Graduates need more than skills and knowledge – they must be creative problem-solvers capable of innovative thinking and working in teams. They must also learn to prioritise the needs of the community over individual freedom and understand how to deal with ‘fake news’.

Graduates need more than skills and knowledge – they must be creative problem-solvers capable of innovative thinking and working in teams. They must also learn to prioritise the needs of the community over individual freedom and understand how to deal with ‘fake news’.

11 Sep 2021 - 7:02AM
Opinion | How best to include national security education in Hong Kong schools

Allowing schools to devise their own strategies to teach national security not only puts the burden on overworked staff, but could also lead to varying outcomes. Teaching it as part of a broader education on Hong Kong’s civic life would ensure a fuller understanding.

Allowing schools to devise their own strategies to teach national security not only puts the burden on overworked staff, but could also lead to varying outcomes. Teaching it as part of a broader education on Hong Kong’s civic life would ensure a fuller understanding.

22 Mar 2021 - 6:15AM
Opinion | Did deregistered Hong Kong teacher receive the fair hearing he deserved?

The Basic Law also does not specifically prohibit teaching about the pro-independence movement, raising questions over the grounds on which he was deregistered.

The Basic Law also does not specifically prohibit teaching about the pro-independence movement, raising questions over the grounds on which he was deregistered.

14 Oct 2020 - 8:38AM
Opinion | National security education: policy talk won’t lead to real action

In the context of national security education, it must be recognised that scattered initiatives will rarely be taken up if issued as instructions. If there are to be changes, they need to be planned, discussed broadly, and developed in the context of a civic education curriculum.

In the context of national security education, it must be recognised that scattered initiatives will rarely be taken up if issued as instructions. If there are to be changes, they need to be planned, discussed broadly, and developed in the context of a civic education curriculum.

2 Sep 2020 - 8:34AM
Opinion | Under national security law, Hong Kong can be pro-democracy without being anti-China

Speculation about the impact of the law must give way to a democratic agenda crafted for these post-security law times. Democratic development will benefit not just Hong Kong, but also help it fulfil its role as China’s international city.

Speculation about the impact of the law must give way to a democratic agenda crafted for these post-security law times. Democratic development will benefit not just Hong Kong, but also help it fulfil its role as China’s international city.

15 Jul 2020 - 3:29PM
Opinion | Furore over DSE exam question misses the point of teaching students history

Valuing ideology over free inquiry is damaging in the long run. Helping young people become critical thinkers will foster the creativity and innovation needed to ensure a prosperous future for Hong Kong.

Valuing ideology over free inquiry is damaging in the long run. Helping young people become critical thinkers will foster the creativity and innovation needed to ensure a prosperous future for Hong Kong.

22 May 2020 - 9:32AM
Opinion | Hong Kong voted for democracy. Now protesters and victorious political parties must showcase its strengths

Recent weeks have highlighted the power of democratic institutions. New district council members must be ambassadors of democracy in action while pro-democracy parties should draft policies that show they can be more than an opposition force.

Recent weeks have highlighted the power of democratic institutions. New district council members must be ambassadors of democracy in action while pro-democracy parties should draft policies that show they can be more than an opposition force.

4 Dec 2019 - 9:30AM
Opinion | Can a Hong Kong in crisis turn away from violence and learn the lesson of democratic compromise? Sudan has shown how

Violence on either side should not obscure the valid public concerns that continue to fuel huge protest turnouts. An unequal society is at the root of it all, and it is high time peaceful protesters and an amenable government came to the table.

Violence on either side should not obscure the valid public concerns that continue to fuel huge protest turnouts. An unequal society is at the root of it all, and it is high time peaceful protesters and an amenable government came to the table.

28 Aug 2019 - 6:14AM
Opinion | Repression begets violence and more violence. Hong Kong must give peace and reconciliation a chance

Having suppressed dissent in multiple ways, the government is now living with the consequences. If issues can’t be discussed openly, they will be discussed in the echo chambers of social media, and radical solutions will be sought.

Having suppressed dissent in multiple ways, the government is now living with the consequences. If issues can’t be discussed openly, they will be discussed in the echo chambers of social media, and radical solutions will be sought.

23 Jul 2019 - 8:34PM
Opinion | Protest is not just about extradition when Hong Kong youth feel they have no future and no voice

The government may have thought the sentiment behind Occupy was over and done with, but research shows that the feelings of alienation and dissatisfaction never left Hong Kong youth.

The government may have thought the sentiment behind Occupy was over and done with, but research shows that the feelings of alienation and dissatisfaction never left Hong Kong youth.

18 Jun 2019 - 7:25PM
Opinion | The national anthem law is about respect, and Hong Kong schools are already teaching that

Existing guidelines on music education in Hong Kong already emphasise respect for the Chinese and other national anthems. At the same time, a school’s role is to educate, and neither to indoctrinate nor police students.

Existing guidelines on music education in Hong Kong already emphasise respect for the Chinese and other national anthems. At the same time, a school’s role is to educate, and neither to indoctrinate nor police students.

31 Jan 2019 - 7:14AM
Opinion | If education reform is a priority in Singapore and Australia, why not in Hong Kong?

The education system needs to be reformed at every level. Schools should be less exam-oriented, vocational education should not be second best, and the University Grants Committee should nurture creativity, not nip it in the bud.

The education system needs to be reformed at every level. Schools should be less exam-oriented, vocational education should not be second best, and the University Grants Committee should nurture creativity, not nip it in the bud.

13 Sep 2018 - 7:46AM
Technology will change society, and we need to change our schools

The Hong Kong government’s education reforms have not addressed the right problems, focusing on Chinese history and the influence of ‘liberal studies’ when they should think about training students for the technology of the future

The Hong Kong government’s education reforms have not addressed the right problems, focusing on Chinese history and the influence of ‘liberal studies’ when they should think about training students for the technology of the future

26 Mar 2018 - 7:11PM
Hong Kong schools must teach respect for different views to heal divides in society

Hong Kong needs a common curriculum of civic education that prepares students for the rights and duties of being a citizen, bearing in mind the city’s unique status as an SAR of China.

Hong Kong needs a common curriculum of civic education that prepares students for the rights and duties of being a citizen, bearing in mind the city’s unique status as an SAR of China.

11 Jan 2018 - 7:08PM
Hong Kong’s young democrats need some lessons on democracy

The uncivil behaviour displayed by students in the row over pro-independence posters on university campuses runs counter to democratic values such as tolerance, fairness and open-mindedness

The uncivil behaviour displayed by students in the row over pro-independence posters on university campuses runs counter to democratic values such as tolerance, fairness and open-mindedness

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Students benefiting from degree subsidy must remember their debt to Hong Kong society

Kerry Kennedy says self-financed undergraduate students and their institutions who accept this largesse should also understand their obligation to give back to society after they graduate

Kerry Kennedy says self-financed undergraduate students and their institutions who accept this largesse should also understand their obligation to give back to society after they graduate

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14 Jan 2015 - 7:46PM
Teach Basic Law in liberal studies in the true spirit of inquiry

Now, it seems, Occupy Central is to be blamed on liberal studies. There has been too much teaching about politics and this is what has brought students onto the streets. At least this is the implication of DAB's advice to the Education Bureau.

Now, it seems, Occupy Central is to be blamed on liberal studies. There has been too much teaching about politics and this is what has brought students onto the streets. At least this is the implication of DAB's advice to the Education Bureau.

30 Oct 2014 - 11:42AM
In the face of Hong Kong's discontent, is waiting it out Beijing's best choice?

Occupy Central as a formal movement was buried before it had a chance to start. Instead we have Occupy Hong Kong.

Occupy Central as a formal movement was buried before it had a chance to start. Instead we have Occupy Hong Kong.

6 Oct 2014 - 3:49AM
Smaller classes for some will create a more equal education system in Hong Kong

The Education Bureau, Professional Teachers' Union and principals have been at odds about responses to the falling secondary school population in Hong Kong.

The Education Bureau, Professional Teachers' Union and principals have been at odds about responses to the falling secondary school population in Hong Kong.

7 Apr 2014 - 2:40AM