LettersPatriotic Education Centre adds missing piece to Hong Kong’s education puzzle
- Readers discuss the benefits young people can receive from the new Patriotic Education Centre and the lack of etiquette among the museum-going public
A patriotic education centre can fill this gap and teach youth an accurate history of China, and its culture and values. This will enhance young people’s sense of national pride and cultural confidence.
Patriotic education is specialist education, and many educators have no experience teaching it. The centre can become a model for their reference, so they can arrange similar classes for their own students in response to the government’s call for national education. Teachers can also attend seminars and talks at the centre.
The number of patriotic youth in Hong Kong is small because of the government’s neglect in the past. They also tended to keep a low profile for fear of being victims of doxxing or cyberbullying if they were to join a public activity that broadcasts their patriotism.
As a result, patriotic youth have found it hard to make friends with those who share a similar ideology, aspirations and ways of thinking. The centre can become a club for them to socialise through arranged tours, visits and workshops.
They can discuss and understand development trends in mainland China and the wider world. Their sense of belonging and their willingness to participate in and contribute to society will be strengthened.
Such a centre is essential for Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity and stability, and it will ensure the steady, long-term implementation of “one country, two systems”. The government should fully support the centre’s operation.
Kam Lik Hang, Sheung Shui
Museum visitors must heed etiquette
Should visitors to Hong Kong museums be taught museum etiquette?
In my recent visits to those museums, however, I was amazed by the number of patrons with outright awful manners and the positively non-interventionist attitude of the staff towards them. In particular, many patrons talked loudly, not about the collections but about the stock markets, the pandemic and their educated guess about what the collections are about. They took pictures of every piece on display, with both front-facing and back-facing cameras and with their masks off.
From the experience of being in local libraries and parks, I would have thought the museum staff would strictly prohibit such awful etiquette. To my surprise, the staff sometimes chit-chatted louder than the patrons.
Paul W.C. Wong, Kam Tin