In search of a politics of hope in the context of the education reform : from cultural critiques to critical pragmatics
Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University; Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lingnan University
Lingnan University KFCRD Cultural Studies Seminar & Cultural Magazine, 2005-06
5:30 p.m. -- 7:00 p.m.
GE321, General Education Building, Lingnan University
Fanny Law's comments on the suicides of teachers have provoked a new wave against the education reform. Yet neither the pro-reform camp nor the anti-reform faction has offered a historical and contextual analysis of the education reform and the education system, not to mention a feasible and constructive solution to existing problems. As a result, the current confrontation seems to lead us nowhere, or perhaps to a state of despair and nihilism. While sharing with the critics of the education reform that the government has to be blamed for its irresponsibility In the planning and implementing processes of the education reform, this presentation argues that the critics, to a significant extent, has to share the blame.
in order to overcome the predomination of nihilism and despair in the contemporary educational field, this presentation, drawing on my earlier experiences in participating in cultural critiques, and later engagements in the curriculum development of secondary school Integrated Humanities and Liberal Studies subjects and related teacher training projects, attempts to think through the limits and opportunities of the current education reform, as well as the effectivity of cultural critique and doing cultural studies in a critically pragmatic way in the context of Hong Kong’s educational settings.
Hui, P.-k. (2006, February 20). In search of a politics of hope in the context of the education reform: From cultural critiques to critical pragmatics [Video podcast].