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"Knowledge-Acquisition" (lang & ed in Hong Kong)

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  • Don Osborn
    The HoneyWood File blog has some comment on bilingual education in Hong Kong. (Seen originally on the lgpolicy-list.) Don Knowldege-Acquisition
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 7, 2007
      The "HoneyWood File" blog has some comment on bilingual education in Hong
      Kong. (Seen originally on the lgpolicy-list.) Don

      December 6, 2007

      It has been revealed that the language-of-instruction policy has
      failed to develop and produce truly bilingual students (Rethink of
      language policy urged, SCMP 06 December 2007 [http://tinyurl.com/2z37wn ;
      registration required]). The report also
      revealed that Hong Kong students do not have self-esteem, lack
      motivation to study and that students perform better in their mother
      tongue. This revelation must be taken seriously by the Education
      Bureau to review the current streaming system in order to tackle the
      problem of attaining the goal of biligualism. This task itself is
      difficult but a more profound problem as revealed by the report is the
      general phenomenon that Hong Kong students lack the desire to seek out
      knowledge for their own satisfaction.

      There are many hard-working students in Hong Kong, but they generally
      do not study for the sake of knowledge-acquisition. Rather it is
      mainly done to pass examination and to enter university. There is
      nothing wrong with this approach as the students will also learn
      knowledge during the process. However, it is more important to make
      the students to develop their own passion for study, for knowledge
      acquisition to their own satisfaction.

      This more fundamental approach can be beneficial in at least two ways.
      Firstly, it will boost the students self-esteem after they develop an
      intellectual edge over others. Secondly, a passion for something can
      possibly last for the rest of a person's life. The student will be
      able to set his own knowledge direction, and this can affect his
      future career path. The problem is: what can we do to stir up this
      desire? Does the Education Bureau ever think of such approach? If not,
      I would strongly urge them to do so, for the benefit of the students
      and the society.

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