A woman holds exercise books on the first day of the 2016 Hong Kong Book Fair at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Let kids be kids, and give them a break from the grammar books

Kelly Yang says by forcing children to do endless exercises, Hong Kong schools and parents are creating a generation of followers, not leaders, and we would do better by giving our kids some space

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A woman holds exercise books on the first day of the 2016 Hong Kong Book Fair at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. Photo: K. Y. Cheng
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Kelly Yang

Kelly Yang

Kelly Yang is the founder of The Kelly Yang Project, an after-school writing program for children in Hong Kong. At KYP, she teaches creative writing, public speaking and critical reasoning. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Law School. Follow Kelly on Twitter: @kellyyanghk