The Education Bureau’s annual inspection of schools finds teachers are…
…[failing] to promote a sense of belonging to the country or duty to safeguard its well-being.
…Only a “minority” of teachers incorporated national security education into their subjects, the bureau said and “many others focused too much on knowledge-feeding” and “rarely did they try to enhance students’ … sense of belonging towards the country from the sentimental level”.
It said schools should create an atmosphere in the classroom and outside to instil “love for the country and love for Hong Kong” among pupils.
The report allows that schools might lack appropriate teaching materials. The bureaucrats need to tell educators how, exactly, they should ‘enhance a sense of belonging from the sentimental level’.
The Standard’s story on the crowdfunding-permit idea stresses the ‘transparency angle. But if that’s a problem, why not improve regulation of all charitable fund-raising, regardless of the method of collecting donations?
A reminder that Google has experience of dealing with Hong Kong. A decade ago, Emperor Holdings tycoon Albert Yeung took legal action took legal action against the search engine, claiming its autocomplete function smeared him…
Yeung filed the lawsuit after Google refused to remove autocomplete suggestions such as “triad,” as organized crime gangs are known in China, which popped up with searches on his name.
The billionaire’s business empire includes an entertainment company that produces films and manages some of the city’s biggest celebrities. He argues that his reputation has been “gravely injured” and wants compensation.
Judge Marlene Ng disagreed with Google’s lawyers, who argued Yeung was better off asking the websites where the defamatory information was published to remove it. She said Google had the ability to censor material.
“Any risk of misinformation can spread easily as users forage in the web. The art is to find the comfortable equilibrium in between,” she said in her ruling.
Just tried foraging in the web: the offending word still jumps out at the user in third place on the autocomplete list.