2021-08-06 GE Insights There is a touching story about the genius inventor Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) circulated on the Internet. One day, little Edison brought home a letter from school and gave it to his mother. ‘My teacher told me to only give it to you. What does it say?’ Having opened the letter, his mother read the letter aloud, with her eyes full of tears: ‘Your son is a genius. The school is extremely inadequate for him and doesn’t have enough good teachers for training him up further. Please teach him yourself!’
2021-03-05 GE Insights The author (Prof Ng Tai Kai, Executive Director, the HKAGE) gives an introduction to cognitive and non-cognitive skills, and explains the importance of non-cognitive skills and affective education in this article.
2021-03-05 GE Insights The author (Prof Ng Tai Kai, Executive Director, the HKAGE) explains why 21st Century Competencies and STEM Education becomes important in this article. The different requirement of human knowledge/techniques/mindset in the 21st Century compared with 19th -20th Century is explained and emphasised.
2021-03-05 GE Insights Creativity is often referred to as the most valuable human asset in the 21st Century. However, the nature of creativity remains elusive – its origin seems to be mysterious and there is no systematic way of nurturing creativity in regular schools. In this article I shall introduce some of our modern understanding of creativity. The key message I want to introduce is that real-life creativity involves a complicated set of mindsets and skills in the domain of 21st Century Competencies. Although we do not understand fully the nature of creativity, we know some of the most important factors that contribute to ‘successful’ creativity, and from which we know how we can encourage more creativity in schools, universities, and real-life.
2021-03-05 GE Insights In the educational context of the 21st Century, gifted students are provided with many chances to accelerate and deepen their learning on both academic and non-academic fronts. Although there are many opportunities for them to realise their potential in different areas, it is found that some gifted students are stressed as they are invited by various stakeholders to participate in various activities and programmes. In addition, some of them have lost their passion and direction throughout the journey of knowledge pursuit. Hence, being a self-directed learner is important for gifted students as it is the key for them to become sustainably passionate and determined in exploring and realising their potential.