Paul Stapleton

Paul Stapleton is an associate professor at The Education University of Hong Kong. He is a long-time resident of several countries in Asia, where he has been teaching and researching at various universities. He writes about environmental, social and educational issues. In his op-eds, Paul's goal is to shed some light on issues of interest as well as generate a bit of heat.
Paul Stapleton
Paul Stapleton is an associate professor at The Education University of Hong Kong. He is a long-time resident of several countries in Asia, where he has been teaching and researching at various universities. He writes about environmental, social and educational issues. In his op-eds, Paul's goal is to shed some light on issues of interest as well as generate a bit of heat.

Latest from Paul Stapleton

Opinion | Dealing with Hong Kong’s other serious ‘hot’ problem

The city uses too much air conditioning, contributing to record heat, and the government must take measures to reverse this dangerous trend

17 Aug 2019 - 7:21PM

The city uses too much air conditioning, contributing to record heat, and the government must take measures to reverse this dangerous trend

Dealing with Hong Kong’s other serious ‘hot’ problem
Opinion | Want creative self-starters? Free Hong Kong youths from the classroom

To better prepare our youths for a brave new technologically different world, education needs to change, starting with experiential, out-of-classroom self-learning.

13 May 2019 - 9:00AM

To better prepare our youths for a brave new technologically different world, education needs to change, starting with experiential, out-of-classroom self-learning.

Want creative self-starters? Free Hong Kong youths from the classroom
Opinion | How Google Translate may disrupt English classes, and every other subject, in Hong Kong schools

Machine translation is advanced enough to produce believable versions of primary school students’ compositions. What are the implications for the way English and other subjects are now taught in Hong Kong?

16 Jan 2019 - 6:43AM

Machine translation is advanced enough to produce believable versions of primary school students’ compositions. What are the implications for the way English and other subjects are now taught in Hong Kong?

How Google Translate may disrupt English classes, and every other subject, in Hong Kong schools
Opinion | Time to consider nature as well as nurture in Hong Kong’s education system

Universities should take the lead in looking at student’s all-round achievements, not just their exam scores, when considering applicants

3 Nov 2018 - 7:08PM

Universities should take the lead in looking at student’s all-round achievements, not just their exam scores, when considering applicants

Time to consider nature as well as nurture in Hong Kong’s education system
A Hong Kong airport fourth runway may be good for business, but it would be terrible for the environment

The discussion surrounding a fourth runway for Hong Kong’s airport has ignored the high carbon footprint of air transport.

30 Jun 2018 - 6:05PM

The discussion surrounding a fourth runway for Hong Kong’s airport has ignored the high carbon footprint of air transport.

A Hong Kong airport fourth runway may be good for business, but it would be terrible for the environment
Opinion | Traditional or simplified? Debate on Chinese characters should be decided by pragmatics, not politics

It is understandable that Hongkongers want to preserve traditional Chinese characters but the writing on the wall is in favour of the simplified script.

12 Jun 2018 - 7:33PM

It is understandable that Hongkongers want to preserve traditional Chinese characters but the writing on the wall is in favour of the simplified script.

Traditional or simplified? Debate on Chinese characters should be decided by pragmatics, not politics
Caster Semenya castigated: is the IAAF right to clamp down on the sensational South African over advantageous genetics?
English in Hong Kong may be getting better, so forget the nitpicking

There may be signs of an actual improvement in how the locals are speaking English, and that most of the complaints are coming from native speakers who can’t be bothered to learn any Cantonese

13 Mar 2018 - 7:02PM

There may be signs of an actual improvement in how the locals are speaking English, and that most of the complaints are coming from native speakers who can’t be bothered to learn any Cantonese

English in Hong Kong may be getting better, so forget the nitpicking
Celebrity golfers should stay out of Hong Kong housing issues

Celebrity golfers should stick to sport and the Hong Kong government to common sense on the issue of whether the Fanling golf course should be sacrificed for housing.

4 Feb 2018 - 5:27PM

Celebrity golfers should stick to sport and the Hong Kong government to common sense on the issue of whether the Fanling golf course should be sacrificed for housing.

Celebrity golfers should stay out of Hong Kong housing issues
Why inching forward on traffic fines and parking fees won’t halt Hong Kong’s congestion woes

The government’s reluctance to substantially raise penalties for traffic violations and parking meter fees indicates a lack of commitment to curbing congestion and pollution. However, the unrestricted growth in the number of private cars on the roads is the real problem.

22 Jan 2018 - 10:56PM

The government’s reluctance to substantially raise penalties for traffic violations and parking meter fees indicates a lack of commitment to curbing congestion and pollution. However, the unrestricted growth in the number of private cars on the roads is the real problem.

Why inching forward on traffic fines and parking fees won’t halt Hong Kong’s congestion woes
#MeToo and Vera Lui show why Hong Kong needs better sex education classes
Hong Kong’s housing shortage suffers from a lack of low-hanging fruit
Interstellar rock visiting our solar system a reminder of how far we’ve come, and still have to go
Why Hong Kong should think twice about more electric vehicle recharging facilities
Donald Trump supporters are under the spell of blind faith
Why Hong Kong needs higher, not lower, electricity tariffs
Don’t pass on false beliefs such as feng shui to our children – teach them science instead
Why is Hong Kong Golf Club more precious than our country parks in the search for housing land?
Hong Kong’s official air quality index failing to warn on deadly health hazard
Hong Kong students get better grades with breakfast? Why the link is hard to stomach
Rurik Jutting: how the fate of a jailed psychopath raises questions about free will
Hong Kong universities are already in the top league, whatever their individual ranking shows
Hong Kong shopfronts blasting out cold air reflect a blatant misuse of power
The secret of snake oil salesman Donald Trump’s success
Whether it succeeds or not, the Alpha Centauri project is already a testament to the wonders of life
Relax – glum shop assistants don’t necessarily mean the Hong Kong economy is weak
Don’t be too quick to blame school pressure for Hong Kong’s youth suicides
How the questioning mind of a scientist can help Hong Kong students discover the truth about beliefs such as feng shui
China must unblock Google Scholar and keep the internet open for its researchers
Are Hong Kong's English standards really falling off a cliff? Don't be so quick to believe the hype

Paul Stapleton says a survey claiming to show a steep fall in HK's English skills in just four years may have attracted politicians' sound bites but the results should have been greeted with scepticism

9 Nov 2015 - 10:57AM

Paul Stapleton says a survey claiming to show a steep fall in HK's English skills in just four years may have attracted politicians' sound bites but the results should have been greeted with scepticism

Are Hong Kong's English standards really falling off a cliff? Don't be so quick to believe the hype