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    Is Pierce Lam an idiot?

    Those of you that regularly read the SCMP letters to the editor, will be aware of the frequent jingoistic letters from one Pierce Lam, ranting ad nauseum about the short-comings of the West and the bright shining light that is everything Hong Kong Chinese.

    In his latest steaming pile, he writes:

    In defence of local school system

    I read your report ("Plea to improve public schools", February 14) with misgivings, appalled by the city's self-styled democrats' servile submission to expatriates' blatant chauvinism in the education debate.

    Indisputably, international schools are gaining popularity among local parents. But popularity often reflects superficiality and measures neither quality nor depth. International schools are less demanding than local schools, with simpler syllabuses and easier examination grading standards. They seldom participate in inter-school sports competitions and music festivals where local schools dominate. Local schools' high average standard is evidenced by the very top positions which local students consistently achieve in various international scholastic surveys.

    Against rampant disparagements against local schools, which in effect are veiled criticisms of local teachers' incompetence, Cheung Man-kwong, a local teacher who represents the teaching profession in the legislature, has neither defended the local system nor proposed ways to improve it. He has been a staunch proponent of segregation. His demand to restrict local enrolment in international schools serves to grab political capital by appeasing both foreigners who abhor local competition for international education and those local teachers who fear job security if local students opt for international schools.

    What if, contrary to objective measures, international schools were somehow "superior" to local schools? Shouldn't local students have equal access to the "better" education of international schools which have benefited from land grants, the city's most precious resource?

    Kashimura Fujio of Hong Kong Japanese School observes that, unlike Hong Kong's expatriates, many expatriates in Tokyo send their children to local schools. Why? Japanese schools can't be more "international" than Hong Kong's local schools in teaching medium and curricula. However, as the Japanese respect their local schools, expatriates in Japan properly learn to respect the education standard of the country which offers them employment opportunities.

    The local education system is not impeccable. But we may never improve our schools if our political leaders lack the moral courage to overcome the inferiority complex of their colonial mentality.

    It's time we recognised local students' achievements and publicised local education's high standard.

    We must outgrow the colonial practice of double standards in education and cease subsidising international schools, which skirt the local curricula and fail to prepare students for local exams. Fruitful diversity with a fair standard for equal application to all stakeholders should be distinguished from discriminatory segregation based on privileges and prejudice.
    So, is this guy really this stupid, or is he so totally blinded by his patriotism that he completely overlooks the elephant in the room that is the systemic problems of the local educational style?
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    I figure he is just an offline troll. He is the guy who ranted against the use of English, right?

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    Yep. And odd that he has, and continues to use, such a stuffy English name. Where is the pride in rocking his Chinese name? Hypocrite!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendJay:
    Yep. And odd that he has, and continues to use, such a stuffy English name. Where is the pride in rocking his Chinese name? Hypocrite!
    you should really write to scmp pointing this out - inferiority complex, colonial mentality, etc.

    on the topic itself, the argument has more holes than a tramp's underpants.

    too easy to demolish, so I won't
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendJay:
    So, is this guy really this stupid, or is he so totally blinded by his patriotism that he completely overlooks the elephant in the room that is the systemic problems of the local educational style?
    The latter.

    (Anyway, you've put this thread under Anti Productivity - so no reply needed )

    Example, Lam's own words:

    The local education system is not impeccable. But we may never improve our schools if our political leaders lack the moral courage to overcome the inferiority complex of their colonial mentality.
    To put the blame on the colonial thingy... as IF this particular example of colonialism were totally bad for the place, when many HKers - at least the more entrepreneurial or quick thinking ones - saw and grabbed the opportunities... along with working 'round the not so-great elements of it, is just playing dumb.
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    I think that part of the problem (the ongoing decay of HK) is that, where the top few rungs of HK society used to compare HK to the UK and then try to (glacially slowly) improve the situation here in that direction, everything in HK is now being measured against its condition on the Mainland and most things are still better here than over there, so we stagnate.

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    We must outgrow the colonial practice of double standards in education and cease subsidising international schools, which skirt the local curricula and fail to prepare students for local exams. Fruitful diversity with a fair standard for equal application to all stakeholders should be distinguished from discriminatory segregation based on privileges and prejudice.
    I see nothing wrong with this sentiment. If you don't want a local education, pay the price. What next? Rental subsidies because house estates do not match international standards that expats are used to or what?
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    Are the international schools subsidized? Excluding ESF. Any why should international students be forced to sit local exams when their curriculum is geared to an international baccalaureate? That's just needless nit-picking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendJay:
    Are the international schools subsidized?
    To the point of having land granted to them, yes.

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    You cannot say "International schools excluding the ESF". The ESF is an international school and it is a HUGE organisation that has enjoyed subsidy for decades and remains vastly unaccountable to the tax payer on how the subsidies are spent (recruitment policies, pay scales, performance standards, bonuses etc).

    No one is forcing anyone to sit local exams just like the intl schools excluding the ESF are not pressuring the government for subsidies.

    Also, DSS schools are now geared to put kids through the IB program...

    CSS - First DSS school authorised to offer IB Diploma

    What the ESF wants essentially ( I can dig up Carston Wong's email ) is a subsidy without any "interference" from the govt. What he may call interference, as a tax payer I might call "accountability".

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