Hong Kong schools

Hong Kong students suffer from myopia on the benefits of hard work at school

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 April, 2018, 3:51pm
UPDATED : Monday, 16 April, 2018, 3:51pm

I refer to the letter from Jerry Lam about parents pushing children to excel in life (“Hong Kong’s pushy parents are the problem, not TSA or BCA”, April 3).

I wonder if Mr Lam was thinking of the UK rock band Pink Floyd’s 1979 album, “The Wall”, and the smash-hit track, Another brick in the wall, which illustrates the agony of youth going to school to become societal cogs, suffering pressure from teachers and showing symptoms of social isolation.

However, the lucky ones would also catch the bitter meaning in the lyrics to the Beatles’ mid-60s single, A hard day’s night, where unskilled people may have to work like dogs to barely make ends meet and raise a family.

That would make Hong Kong pupils change their minds about having to study hard in school.

The school years make up a comparatively short time in their lives, and they can trade off the hard work put in, early in life, for 60 to 70 years of comfortable living, without having to work like a dog.

It is an investment with huge returns, but very few young people can look into the crystal ball and believe this formula. Myopia is at the root of the problem.

Edmond Pang, Fanling