3 Dec, 2017 – “I recently had to speak on the state of Hong Kong education to a group of Year 13s. I was dreading it, because, where do I start? I’ve been teaching in Hong Kong for the past 12 years – and the one thing every student needs is more empathy.
In an increasingly hostile world, it is the most important skill we can give kids. Empathy is the ability to look at something from another person’s perspective before opening one’s mouth (or Gmail) and ranting. It’s the ability to deal with people in a sensitive way, and it’s lacking the world over, especially in Hong Kong.
At its heart, diplomacy is about listening before reacting and knowing how to control your impulses. A lot of people equate anger with power (just look at the US election). In debating, we often talk about delivering powerful rebuttals. But real life is rarely about slamming the opponent. It’s about compromise, teamwork and the ability to get along with others.”
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27 Oct 2014 – “The SAT, widely used for college admission in the United States, will not “indoctrinate” Chinese students with US ideology through its recent redesign, education specialists and students said.
They were responding to the latest debate that surfaced after SAT coach Kelly Yang wrote in the English-language Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post that “the new test, with its heavy emphasis on knowledge of the country’s founding documents and civil liberties, has the potential to change the mindset and worldview of an entire generation of Chinese youth”.
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8 September 2014 – “The growing number of young Chinese who are eager to attend American universities has spawned a large number of companies vowing to help students ace the test, forming a lucrative industry for SAT test preparation across the country.
An English-language newspaper in Hong Kong, The South China Morning Post, published a column last month by Kelly Yang, a local SAT tutor, who asserted that the SAT redesign scheduled for 2016 would be “the first time America is able to systematically shape the views, beliefs and ideologies of hundreds of thousands of Chinese students.” “
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30 Aug 2014 – “The news agency’s report cited commentary published recently in the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper, about the SAT changes. Author Kelly Yang argued that the new focus on civil liberties may “change the mind-set and world view of an entire generation of Chinese youth.”
“If the new SAT succeeds, it will be the first time America is able to systematically shape the views, beliefs and ideologies of hundreds of thousands of Chinese students every year, not through a popular television show or a politician’s speaking tour, but through what the Chinese care about most — exams,” she wrote.
Yang’s remarks and the news agency’s report didn’t sit well with some Chinese intellectuals, who called on the government to ease its ideological control on students rather than make accusations against a foreign exam.”
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10 April 2014 – “Startups are becoming a global phenomenon and Hong Kong, in its bid to stay competitive as a global financial centre, has taken on the task of creating an environment wherein tech start-ups could prosper. And while the Boao Forum this year in Hainan underscores the importance of innovation in a global city as Hong Kong, the endeavor faces challenges, among them the high costs of doing business here, funding, as well as parental inclination for local children to work in big corporations.
Kelly Yang is an educator who runs a school teaching kids critical reasoning, creative writing and public speaking. The Harvard Law School graduate says many Hong Kong businesses lack innovation because they simply cannot afford to take risks, and a big part of that stumbling block develops right at home.
“One of them is changing the Hong Kong mentality of always trying to find the safe job, safe prestigious thing to do, and that’s never going to be taking a risk.” Kelly Yang said.”
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19 December 2013 – “This month, for the third time in a row, the Asians kicked American butt — academically, that is. On reading, science and math, students in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore earned the top scores on the international PISA test. U.S. students scored below or near the worldwide average, prompting suggestions that American education as a whole is failing. As a Hong Kong educator, I’m confident that the last thing the United States needs to copy is Chinese education.
Here in this city of 2 million parents , there are 2 million school principals, all ordering after-school academic courses like appetizers in a restaurant. Parents are the headmasters because our schools no longer control the education process. A 2011 survey estimated that 72 percent of Hong Kong high school students receive tutoring outside of school, often until late in the evening. So when our schools get out, the school day is just beginning for most kids.”
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30 Sept 2013 – “Unlike in the U.S., women in China do not face the same childcare burden. That’s because in China, it’s the grandparents—not the parents—who lean in.
According to the Shanghai Municipal Population and Family Planning Commission, 90 percent of the city’s young children are being looked after by at least one grandparent—and half of these grandparents provide exclusive care, a number that is increasing. In other Chinese cities, the numbers are lower but still high: 70 percent of children in Beijing are cared for by a grandparent, as well as 50 percent in Guangzhou.”
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