Students walk to school in July 2020. Liberal Studies, which introduced as a secondary school subject in Hong Kong to promote critical thinking, will be renamed “Citizenship and Social Development”. Photo: Dickson Lee
Students walk to school in July 2020. Liberal Studies, which introduced as a secondary school subject in Hong Kong to promote critical thinking, will be renamed “Citizenship and Social Development”. Photo: Dickson Lee
Ho Lok Sang
Opinion

Opinion

Ho Lok Sang

How Hong Kong’s revamped liberal studies subject can foster critical thinking and personal development

  • Personal development, emphasised in the old curriculum, seems to have been largely overlooked by teachers, while students understood critical thinking as ‘finding fault with and criticising others’
  • Nurturing true critical thinking will ensure students neither blindly applaud the West’s adversarial political system nor praise the Chinese system without analysis 

Students walk to school in July 2020. Liberal Studies, which introduced as a secondary school subject in Hong Kong to promote critical thinking, will be renamed “Citizenship and Social Development”. Photo: Dickson Lee
Students walk to school in July 2020. Liberal Studies, which introduced as a secondary school subject in Hong Kong to promote critical thinking, will be renamed “Citizenship and Social Development”. Photo: Dickson Lee
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