Domestic Helpers Win Residency Ruling in Hong Kong... →
this could have big implications on my work as an educator if HK’s student population ends up becoming more diverse as a result
Is Sugar Toxic? - NYTimes.com →
i quit high fructose corn syrup a long time ago. now its time to kick my addiction: coke zero. i’m sure nothing good come from drinking it.
Knowledge is not a piece of data, something immobilized, con- cluded, finished,...– Paolo Freire
Today my belief in critical pedagogy was reaffirmed. Thank you Paolo Freire and all the other educators who have shown me a different path.
who counts as "local" in hong kong? →
i’ve always wondered why my students are not called “local” (or refer to themselves as such) even if they are born/raised here, even if their families have been in HK for more generations than “local” chinese students. there is definitely more work to be done to achieve an integrated multi-cultural society.
considering confucian education
part of my task as an educator is to diversify my knowledge of educational models. from http://www.csupomona.edu/~plin/ls201/confucian2.html: “In contrast to western education, particularly in regard to the model of higher education in Medieval and Renaissance universities where students were encouraged to engage in disputation, traditional Chinese education consisted primarily of...
55 Interesting Ways* to Support Writing in the... →
lots of good ideas, though some of them require resources we do not all have.
competitive education in china →
this video makes me wonder about the role of competition in education, and also about the concept of “motivation.” teachers often speak of students who lack “motivation”; it sounds like they are talking about a thing, something tangible that the student is responsible for maintaining. in the US, “competition” in education sounded like a taboo subject. this...
i am an educator. i lived in the united states for 26 years before moving to hong kong. i learned that i need to imagine new definitions for “democracy” and “democratic.” and maybe, i need to re-imagine when democracy is needed, and under which condition it “works.”
can teachers teach what they don’t know? can we teach students to think in a way that is different than how we think? what can i teach students if we don’t share a language? how can i teach them?
Of course, we are likely to make critical thinking a basic value in school...– and to learn to act critically, we must also practice acting critically. learning to think critically is easy. learning to act effectively on a critique requires attention also. Richard Paul (via ljuve)