Title

Education reform : a social-economic perspective

Document Type

Book chapter

Source Publication

Education reform and the quest for excellence: The Hong Kong story

Publication Date

1-1-2005

First Page

9

Last Page

22

Publisher

Hong Kong University Press

Abstract

Education is productive in a broad sense. It promotes excellence not only by imparting job-related skills, but by allowing each individual to feel happy through being at home with themselves, realizing their own potential, finding meaning in living, and gaining in confidence. To achieve such ends, the focus of schools must not lie in setting students to compete with one another and must not effectively treat and label students who fall behind in the competition as outcasts or inferior. We will need more enlightened educational and social institutions that respect individuals as persons, because teachers cannot teach one thing while the system teaches another. To be effective, schools have to be congruent with the society—in values, habits, traditions, and the stage of economic development. This chapter also addresses such issues as examinations and drilling, teachers’ autonomy, and curriculum.

Additional Information

ISBN of the source publication: 9622097456

Recommended Citation

Ho, L. S. (2005). Education reform: A social-economic perspective. In L. S. Ho, P. Morris, & Y.-p. Chung (Eds.), Education reform and the quest for excellence: The Hong Kong story (pp. 9-22). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

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