Kerry Kennedy

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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.

18 Jun 2019 - 7:25PM

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.

Protest is not just about extradition when Hong Kong youth feel they have no future and no voice
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.

31 Jan 2019 - 7:14AM

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.

The national anthem law is about respect, and Hong Kong schools are already teaching that
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.

13 Sep 2018 - 7:46AM

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.

If education reform is a priority in Singapore and Australia, why not in Hong Kong?
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

26 Mar 2018 - 7:11PM

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

Technology will change society, and we need to change our schools
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.

11 Jan 2018 - 7:08PM

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 schools must teach respect for different views to heal divides in society
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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

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

Hong Kong’s young democrats need some lessons on democracy
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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

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

Students benefiting from degree subsidy must remember their debt to Hong Kong society
Make Hong Kong’s TSA test a real tool for learning, rather than one for management
Carrie Lam must have a clear vision for Hong Kong education
Chinese history can open the eyes of Hong Kong students, just don’t try to doctor it
Why Hong Kong schools provide an ideal platform for discussion of independence, and other contentious issues
Discontent runs deep: Hong Kong faces a real risk of losing its alienated youth
As head of HKU governing council, Arthur Li should oversee from afar and not seek to micromanage
Incivility reigns in Hong Kong’s civil society
Universities are the new battleground for democracy in Hong Kong
Understanding of Basic Law holds valuable lessons for students
Hong Kong should crack down only on hate groups, and leave Occupy alone
Time for pan-democrats to stop mistaking wishful thinking for idealism
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.

30 Oct 2014 - 11:42AM

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.

Teach Basic Law in liberal studies in the true spirit of inquiry
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.

6 Oct 2014 - 3:49AM

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

In the face of Hong Kong's discontent, is waiting it out Beijing's best choice?
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.

7 Apr 2014 - 2:40AM

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

Smaller classes for some will create a more equal education system in Hong Kong
Respect and tolerance for all must be enshrined in Hong Kong policy

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's second policy address nailed his government's socially progressive credentials to the mast. Apart from middle class cries of "me too", and the usual opposition from those who will never give any credit to this government, support for the city's poor has been well received.

29 Jan 2014 - 4:17AM

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's second policy address nailed his government's socially progressive credentials to the mast. Apart from middle class cries of "me too", and the usual opposition from those who will never give any credit to this government, support for the city's poor has been well received.

Respect and tolerance for all must be enshrined in Hong Kong policy
Five easy steps to supporting our ethnic minority students

Hong Kong prides itself as a fair and tolerant society. It is a signatory to a number of international covenants that seek to guarantee international standards of social justice and equity. Yet the issues of ethnic minorities are becoming a regular aspect of concern, whether it is alleged racial profiling by police, inequitable educational provision for students or poverty and substandard housing for many ethnic minority families.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

Hong Kong prides itself as a fair and tolerant society. It is a signatory to a number of international covenants that seek to guarantee international standards of social justice and equity. Yet the issues of ethnic minorities are becoming a regular aspect of concern, whether it is alleged racial profiling by police, inequitable educational provision for students or poverty and substandard housing for many ethnic minority families.

Five easy steps to supporting our ethnic minority students
Time to begin the debate on gay rights
Patriotism, Hong Kong style
2 Oct 2012 - 2:50AM
Patriotism, Hong Kong style
Where's Hong Kong's diversity pledge?
Overseas teaching scholarship scheme not such a bright idea

The recent budget contained a provision of HK$480 million a year to send 20 bright Hong Kong students overseas to study early childhood education or English. On the surface, this may seem like an initiative that will make teaching an attractive option for the smartest of Hong Kong's secondary students but is this really the message that will be sent to the community?

14 Mar 2013 - 2:59AM

The recent budget contained a provision of HK$480 million a year to send 20 bright Hong Kong students overseas to study early childhood education or English. On the surface, this may seem like an initiative that will make teaching an attractive option for the smartest of Hong Kong's secondary students but is this really the message that will be sent to the community?

Overseas teaching scholarship scheme not such a bright idea
Next, Legco must uphold rights of sexual minorities
Fairer refugee processing would benefit Hong Kong
High degree of discontent over university appointments

Threats of class boycotts, calls for rejecting nominated candidates, an appeal for judicial review and candidates not showing up for consultation: all of these have characterised recent presidents' appointments at Hong Kong's higher education institutions, including Lingnan University, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Open University and Tung Wah College.

7 Aug 2013 - 3:25AM

Threats of class boycotts, calls for rejecting nominated candidates, an appeal for judicial review and candidates not showing up for consultation: all of these have characterised recent presidents' appointments at Hong Kong's higher education institutions, including Lingnan University, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Open University and Tung Wah College.

High degree of discontent over university appointments