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How Would You Change The Education System In Your Country?

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For decades, the education system in Hong Kong has been burdening, obstinate and exam-oriented. Despite having undergone several reforms, the education system still fails to cater for the needs of different students and achieve the genuine purpose of education. If I were given the chance to change the education system in Hong Kong, I would resize the curricula, deprioritise examinations, promote life-long learning, accept divergence and expand the capacity of tertiary education.
First and foremost, in view of the overburdening of both students and teachers, I would contract the curricula of certain subjects. One of the standing examples is the subject Economics, which comprises 18 ...view middle of the document...

I believe that a good education system is one that nurtures self-motivated and life-long learners. It should help students develop their love for knowledge and passion to enrich themselves throughout their lives. Hong Kong needs this group of intellectuals to be a competitive city! Unfortunately, the education system of Hong Kong has been indoctrinating students with the mindset that learning is a temporary torture they have to go through during their adolescence before they can acquire qualifications and enjoy an affluent life for the rest of their lives. As a result, many local university students are tired of learning. They do not have the motivation to equip themselves with knowledge in university, let alone the enthusiasm to further enrich themselves after graduation. It is such a shame that education in Hong Kong deprives students of their passionate hearts for learning! As Aristotle said, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” (Purkey & Stanley 1991, p.7) It is high time we changed our interpretation of learning and promoted the joy of learning to our new generation for the sake of Hong Kong! To achieve this, teachers must advocate and appreciate self-motivated learning and research, instead of being too obsessed with exam-drilling and stopping exactly at the last word of the exam syllabus. “Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” (University of Mumbai 2012) The words of Plato best...

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