John Kang Tan, who developed the liberal studies curriculum, said students were constrained by “fixed boxes of thinking” and only “structured and stereotyped” answers scored high marks. Photo: Edward Wong

‘Father of liberal studies’ scores a poor DSE grade, says exam fails to reward critical thinking and originality among Hong Kong students

  • Subject is meant to encourage critical thinking, but the exam is marked ‘too mechanically’
  • Educator behind liberal studies course says changes needed in the way it is taught and tested
Topic |   Hong Kong schools

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John Kang Tan, who developed the liberal studies curriculum, said students were constrained by “fixed boxes of thinking” and only “structured and stereotyped” answers scored high marks. Photo: Edward Wong
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