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Sunday, July 18, 2010

I kind of like this PC

Education: the American approach may be too ambitious and not suitable for Hong Kong, but Gates' views are definitely worth considering. Not only do we have a seriously flawed system here, we have a problem with teachers (who're part of the system). In this place students with the highest scores are pushed to be lawyers and freaking doctors (whose education level is nonetheless very important) and the others to different "professions" besides teaching, leaving those with low(est) scores to be pre-tertiary teachers (how many Hong Kongers who got straight A's turned out to be secondary school teachers?). I don't mean to offend teachers as not all of them are bad, but this is what we should face. We have some literally illiterate teachers teaching our kids how to spell. "Heart" and effort don't do everything. We need substantial knowledge and effective methods for high quality education. Remember when English teachers were pissed they were tested on their English level, when in the end many of them failed? That is the kind of shit that pisses you off — of course marks (of the teachers) don't tell everything about the teaching quality, but they're one of the more objective guides to how well they do. If you're a mathematics teacher and you can't answer 9 out of 10 maths questions that're within the syllabus, it's quite obvious you don't fit and shouldn't be teaching until you improve yourself.

Not harsh, just plain and straight.

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