Talking Points: which subject would you remove from your curriculum?

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Valerie Yung, 12, King George V School

If the point of going to school is so that we can prepare ourselves with enough knowledge to get into a good university and get a high paying job, then it would make sense to eliminate the subject that has a lower probability of getting you a high salary. Some people say that art should be taken away, but art can be very useful, as it can teach us proportions, and help architects and inventors draw accurate blueprints and models. Religious studies, on the other hand, doesn’t do anything but help us respect – and avoid offending – certain religions. How does knowing about feng shui (a popular Taoist belief) help you get a degree?

Tiffany Lim,12, Tak Nga Secondary School

I would remove Chinese. I’m not insulting Chinese in general, but the standards in DSE for Chinese are a bit extreme.

Chinese words have too many strokes. One wrong stroke can be completely different word, so it’s easy to make mistakes. They also focus too much on ancient old poems, which are weird and hard to study It’s important to study history so we can know about our ancestors, but poems written about the breathtaking and calming view and the poet’s feeling towards it, or why they made the meaning two to four words shorter ... these are hard and annoying to memorise.

I’m not saying we should completely cut Chinese, but maybe it should be an extra-curricular.

Eric Lam, 16, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

I think liberal studies should be removed from our curriculum, because it’s very political sensitive for some students. Also, most students – like me – will never take part in politics. Worst of all, the way they give exams for liberal studies is not good, as it is very confusing for students.

Bobo Cheung Hok-yu, 15, Ma On Shan Tsung Tsin Secondary School

Most subjects are good for us and useful because they teach unique skills that help us in life. However, maths is not one of them. Of course, basic maths that we learn in primary is useful but not the algebra taught in secondary school. Algebra is useless in our daily lives because we don’t need to calculate a complex equation before we buy things. The knowledge of algebra is only useful for students who want to be mathematicians or scientists. Therefore, maths should be removed from my curriculum so I can focus on other subjects, such as English.

Saba Iftkhar, 16, St Margaret’s Girls’ College, Hong Kong

Definitely music! Most students can’t hold a note to save their life, so I don’t see the point of having music lessons throughout primary and secondary school. Music could be an elective for students who really want to pursue a career in that field, but it definitely shouldn’t be mandatory for all students. Plus, I think we all can agree that century-old hymns are out-of-date and boring. We should replace music lessons with self-study lessons, so we can spend our time catching up on subjects that actually matter!

Prudence Mak, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School

My school has a subject called “extensive reading”, which is used to encourage students to read. However, it doesn’t work. This class just makes us constantly do book reports, book reports and still book reports. Most of my classmates find it so boring that they fall asleep during the lesson. That’s why it should be cancelled.

George Ng Kei-chun, 16, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

Liberal Studies should be removed from our curriculum because it gives me too much pressure. This is the hardest subject for me. Sometimes, I want to give up!

Liberal studies is just plain nasty, so I want to remove this subject now!

Arzoo, 15, Tak Nga Secondary School

Maths should be deleted from our curriculum, and I know many students will agree! Only basic maths for calculating daily stuff is useful. Although advanced maths can help us with science, I really want to get rid of it ... partly because I failed it.

Ady Lam, 11, Island School

Schools should replace PSH and geography with humanities. This subject could cover both subjects effectively, but PSH and geography by themselves are very boring, so it would be nice to have a fusion of both.

Ruby Ng, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School

I would probably remove maths. As a normal person, we use only basic maths in our daily lives. For instance, when we are shopping, we might need to use addition or even percentage, but I don’t think we’ll ever use algebraic fractions.

Only a small percentage of people are interested in studying engineering, so maths is less important than both Chinese and English. That’s why I hope it can be changed to a elective subject instead of a compulsory one.

Lee Wing-yan, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School

Chinese history should be removed from my curriculum. No job will require you to know about Chinese history, so why should we need to study it?

Karry Chu, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School

I don’t think any subjects should be removed from my curriculum, as all of them are very important. For example, in visual arts, we can use our creativity to do crafts or draw pictures. Putonghua lessons let us expand our knowledge and can help us in international cities.

Vivian Lau Siu-yee, 15, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

I would remove Chinese from the curriculum because I am not interested in it, and I don’t think it would be helpful for my future career.

Karen Ho, 14, Carmel Secondary School

I’d remove history because it is boring and complicated. It’s not like English, which is widely used; or Chinese history, which is closely related to us. Geography helps us when we go hiking and travelling, economics lets us understand how Hong Kong’s economy works, and physics, chemistry and biology are intimately connected to our daily lives. Though history allows us to understand other countries’ cultures and traditions, it is less important than the other subjects.

Justin Ying, 15, Ma On Shan Tsung Tsin Secondary School

Definitely maths. Maths is extremely difficult for me. It is very hard for me to understand and to memorize all the equations. It is mental abuse!

Moreover, I think the syllabus of maths is too wide. There are too many topics and they are too challenging for students. Many students are weak at maths and they always get low marks, which will make them stressed and annoyed, so why not remove it?

For our next issue, we’ll discuss:

What time should school start and finish each day? Why would that be the best schedule? 

We are now accepting your answers for this topic. To take part, email your answer with your name, age, and school, along with a nice, clear selfie (make sure it’s not blurry), to [email protected] by lunchtime on Monday. Don’t forget to include “Talking Points” in the subject line.

Edited by Sam Gusway