|Hong Kong needs to shake up its approach to education to prepare students|
|Rote learning will not help kids deal with a disrupted world|
This is a good point -- how do you prepare your child for today's work force in which nothing is predictable?
How do you explain to them they need to know general knowledge, but that also they need skills on flexibility, creativity, be a team player and be disciplined and hardworking?
It seems like Hong Kong's education system is totally behind on this, and still focused on meeting certain targets that are definitely not related to the students' development.
By the same token, the parents need to stop coddling their children and get them to be independent. Some kids can't even tie shoelaces at the age of 10, or peel apples at the age of 24. They need to be able to fend themselves and having a helper do everything for them is not going to help.
Scheduling every minute of their lives isn't helpful either -- the children don't want to learn anymore and that's the last thing you want to happen. If they are already burned out at seven, how are they going to continue learning the rest of their lives?
Physical activity is also important -- team sports helps them to learn the importance of working together towards a goal as well as make good friends. It's also a good way to keep fit and focus on things other than school work.
While many parents claim to know the benefits of the above-mentioned points, they are too scared to have their child do one less thing because that may hinder him or her from getting into an elite school, or fall behind their peers.
The rat race starts as soon as the child is born in Hong Kong. How fun is that?
And people wonder why Hong Kong's youth are not "hungry"....