Forum: Changes to liberal studies in HK worrying

In a photo taken on June 12, 2020, school students hold signs during a pro-democracy protest near their school in Hong Kong.
In a photo taken on June 12, 2020, school students hold signs during a pro-democracy protest near their school in Hong Kong.PHOTO: AFP

The report on the Hong Kong government's proposal to change the way liberal studies is taught there sent chills down my spine (HK govt task force proposes changes to liberal studies, Sept 23).

Among the changes are doing away with current affairs discussions and vetting the content.

The reason offered by the authorities is that "newly emerging current issues that are still developing are not suitable because when events are still developing, it is difficult for teachers and students to conclude without the benefit of hindsight or verify the objectivity and reliability of the data... to engage in impartial and evidence-based discussions".

The quickest way to isolate students and teachers from the real world is to do away with current affairs discussions in liberal studies.

What a way to dumb the students and teachers, and what a dogmatic assertion that hindsight is the only way to learn.

Let this never happen to Singapore.

Thomas Lee Hock Seng (Dr)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 26, 2020, with the headline 'Changes to liberal studies in HK worrying'. Print Edition | Subscribe