Robert Badal

Robert Badal

Los Angeles native Robert Badal is an author and teacher and former corporate consultant and CEO speechwriter. He has taught in the US, Japan, Korea, and China, published research, and consulted for Hong Kong Baptist University. His company is Ba Lao Shi Perfect English.

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Opinion | Instead of bailing out Hong Kong’s greedy tuition centres, spend more on improving education

Tuition centres are of questionable benefit to society and propping them up mainly benefits landlords. If the government’s focus is on education, why not spend instead to improve the lot of schoolchildren, especially those from lower-income families?

25 Apr 2020 - 10:50AM

Tuition centres are of questionable benefit to society and propping them up mainly benefits landlords. If the government’s focus is on education, why not spend instead to improve the lot of schoolchildren, especially those from lower-income families?

Instead of bailing out Hong Kong’s greedy tuition centres, spend more on improving education
Opinion | Hold all Hong Kong schools to the same English standards, or risk widening the wealth gap

The standard and instruction of English varies widely across Hong Kong schools, an educational disparity that cuts neatly across income classes and reinforces the wealth gap. It’s time to address this and give every child in Asia’s ‘world city’ a chance.

21 Dec 2019 - 3:45PM

The standard and instruction of English varies widely across Hong Kong schools, an educational disparity that cuts neatly across income classes and reinforces the wealth gap. It’s time to address this and give every child in Asia’s ‘world city’ a chance.

Hold all Hong Kong schools to the same English standards, or risk widening the wealth gap
Opinion | Our smartphones aren’t sparking joy, and we need to rethink our addiction to them

The current belief in technology for its own sake is misguided. Smartphones and computers have neither improved education nor brought happiness. Most of our digital pastimes are addictive and create empty cravings, not joy.

10 Feb 2019 - 11:14AM

The current belief in technology for its own sake is misguided. Smartphones and computers have neither improved education nor brought happiness. Most of our digital pastimes are addictive and create empty cravings, not joy.

Our smartphones aren’t sparking joy, and we need to rethink our addiction to them
Why Hong Kong’s coding classes and tutorials will not nurture the next Steve Jobs, but engaged parenting might

Contrary to the myth of the ‘digital native’, today’s children, like their predecessors, learn best from interactions with their parents

22 May 2018 - 8:12PM

Contrary to the myth of the ‘digital native’, today’s children, like their predecessors, learn best from interactions with their parents

Why Hong Kong’s coding classes and tutorials will not nurture the next Steve Jobs, but engaged parenting might
Switch off the smartphones, to save children from tech addiction

Social media and smartphone technology are inherently addictive and e-learning might do more harm than good. Parents and teachers need to lead by example in the fight against device overuse.

24 Jan 2018 - 7:56PM

Social media and smartphone technology are inherently addictive and e-learning might do more harm than good. Parents and teachers need to lead by example in the fight against device overuse.

Switch off the smartphones, to save children from tech addiction
Why Hong Kong kids need less time with technology to thrive in the future