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Monday, September 7, 2020
what is education doing to children everywhere - part 1 hong kong
fortunately hong kong is on the case at www.yidanprize.org by tencent's c-founder
As Hong Kong’s busy children return to schools, time to rethink the point of education
We should stop being so overly competitive that we break our children and risk mental health problems. Teaching kindness and consideration instead would increase resilience – and the chance of happiness
on a phased basis in a week or so. That is good news indeed, especially for parents, who have had to shoulder more responsibilities with their children learning from home. In addition to a perhaps new-found appreciation for teachers, Hongkongers can breathe a sigh of relief now that we seem to have Covid-19 under control.
for supposedly playing a role in Hong Kong’s months-long protests. But that is a topic for another day.
What most people can agree on is that our education system has become so obsessed with academic performance that the stress placed on our students is enormous. There is very little self-satisfaction that can be derived from a system that piles on the pressure when children reach nursery age.
Hong Kong’s education system needs a complete overhaul, from how we prioritise what we teach our children, to how they are taught, to the weight given to exam and test scores.
They say that crises are opportunities in disguise. Now may be the time for all of us to do right by our children. Being competitive to the point of breaking our children and ourselves, and suffering from a whole slew of
how we live our lives. The message that we are “stronger together” has resonance across borders. Now, is the point of education to get ahead at all costs? There must be room to learn to connect, understand, empathise with and care for others.
Cheer our children on to – in the words of the late Dr Maya Angelou – “be the rainbow in someone’s cloud”, because it is worth infinitely more than any pot of gold.
Alice Wu is a political consultant and a former associate director of the Asia Pacific Media Network at UCLA
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