TDECE_WEEK_2 - To a larger extent I agree that Chinese philosophies have influenced Chinese.We Hongkongers are always in touch with Chinese culture as

TDECE_WEEK_2 - To a larger extent I agree that Chinese...

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To a larger extent, I agree that Chinese philosophies have influenced Chinese.We, Hongkongers, are always in touch with Chinese culture as people around us are mainly Chinese. Besides, we are fully educated and influenced by Chinese philosophies, including Confucianism, Daoism and Legalism at school and hence it may influence our way to educate young children. Hong Kong educational system emphasises obedience and politeness which suit the principles of Confucianism that promotes people to follow the moral order in society. For example, we must do what the teachers ask us to do and always be polite to our teachers. I think teaching students to be polite is really important as it totally affects one’s first impression and I think this Chinese philosophy should be passed. However, absolute obedience may not work on younger children as they are full of curiosity and dare to challenge teachers. What we need to do is not to force them to obey, but try to explain why we tell them to do the things in order to let them understand us and form connections with them through communication. For the daoism, it is not common to be shown in Hong Kong educational system. As daoism emphasises freedom for individuals, however, most of the curriculum events are assigned by teachers and schools, students rarely have chances to plan what they want to learn. For me, I agree with the daoism as freedom and exploration place significant importance on early childhood education. Children at the age of 1-8 are curious about everything. We should not strictly educate them but let them explore and learn by themselves and find their own interests. Legalism which promote ruler must rule with strong and punishing hand also affects Hong Kong educational system. For example, teachers punished us when we did wrong things or forgot to hand in homework. Punishment is always more than an award.

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