Everyday, we are faced with dilemmas that could and possibly change our lives.
When it comes to making big decisions, it is more logical to think things through so one would not make what is seen to be an “incorrect” choice. One of the best ways to logically think this through is the applying the use of Edward De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats, but we also have an alternative that we can use to help solve the problem we are faced with. Education is arguably one of the most important factors that can shape a child’s life and future.Therefore it is important that a parent chooses the “correct”, or most suitable education system to put their child through to ensure that they are making the best of what they can provide for their child/ren.
Thus, our topic in this situation is: “How to ensure that your children receive an educational path with language provisions that equips them for their future success in Hong Kong”. Hong Kong, as one of the most diverse and international cities in the world, is home to more that 40 different nationalities.This diversity results in the demand for an educational system for the expatriates, and hence international schools are formed. However, we also have the local school system trying to push themselves further and develop the education system to sustain and/or overtake their position as an international city.
However, this has become a huge problem in Hong Kong, and now I will begin to discuss why. What I believe is the underlying problem in this situation is the fact that government is not consistent with education policies.There are been quite a few changes, especially in the local school system, which is subsidized by the government. The government has stated on their website1 that their vision is to provide quality school education for our students, to develop their potential to the full and to prepare them for the challenges in life. The most current change is to be enacted in the school term of September 2009, whereby the new 3+4+4 system2 is introduced.This rapid change of education policies could possibly lead to the students not adapting to the changes in the teaching environment, and therefore ultimately affect their school performance.
This 3+4+4 program not only changes the syllabus of what they are being taught, but also the way they are being assessed, which may differ from what they have previously been taught. Most students in Hong Kong have at least achieved one form of Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS)3, which are skills used in social situation and human interaction in everyday life.However, many have not developed further to CALPS4 (Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency), which is more academic, in terms of needing it for reading, writing, speaking and listening, and is said to be essential to all, and the aim is for students to achieved CALPS, which has been said to be essential for all university applications, and therefore this will affect the student’s future school life but this is further damaged by the development and technological advances.Not only are the students directly affected by changes in the government policies, but the teachers are also hugely affected.
The way they teach and what they teach is now becoming more and stricter, and demands for higher levels in the teacher’s education means that a lot of pressure is put on their backs.