Let's stick with academics in our education

By Tsang Chun-man, Our Lady of the Rosary College
By Tsang Chun-man, Our Lady of the Rosary College |

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Many people say that schools teach subjects that are too academic, and do not provide students with the real-life skills they will need after graduation. They say the curriculum is too "old-fashioned", and not useful for solving modern problems. I disagree.

It is the duty of parents, not teachers, to prepare children for the practical side of life. The home, not the school, is the place to learn about time-management and interpersonal skills.

Academic subjects represent the wisdom of our ancestors, and they give us the knowledge and the confidence to make sound judgments about any challenges we may face.

Literature and scientific discoveries have enriched our lives and make us feel that we are part of the great family of mankind. Therefore, I believe the curriculum should focus even more on academic subjects.

Tsang Chun-man, Our Lady of the Rosary College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Chun-man. You make an excellent point: life skills should really be taught in the home. But both students and their parents are incredibly busy, so it leaves precious little time for lessons. Is the helper the right one to teach children these things?

Preserving all of our academic learning is a sound idea. But it's important to remember that the "science" of previous generations can often turn out to be superstition and wishful thinking.

Throughout history, people were only taught the "essential" knowledge that their culture or region was aware of. But now we have the whole world's knowledge at our fingertips. And that knowledge is so vast that it's as if we are approaching an ocean but we only have a teaspoon to take away what we need.

Surely the purpose of education, then, is learning how best to apply what we know in certain situations, and how to learn things for ourselves in the future.

Do Young Post readers feel their education is equipping them for the future? We would like to hear your point of view.

Susan, Editor