New paradigm for education in Greater China -- respect and challenge | Judy Tsui | TEDxHongKongED

18/07/2014 17:27:51

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Dr Judy Tsui is Senior Advisor of Institute for New Economic Thinking. In her talk, she stressed the importance of allowing our children to make mistakes in the process of learning. Her talk covers her personal experience with setting her children free from the nest and the realization that in order for them to grow and realize their full potential we must allow them to make their own decisions and mistakes.

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Dr Tsui is Senior Advisor of Institute for New Economic Thinking among its Advisory Board members are 6 Nobel Laureates in Economics, Senior Advisor HKGreater China of Female Founders non-profit global initiative and Innovation Forum Student Body of Cambridge University, Chairman of Arbutus Capital Partners Limited and Director of Joy Sprouts, Inc.

Dr Tsui is an Elected Member of the Election Committee for the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR Government representing the Accounting Functional Constituency 2006 and 2012. She was Vice President International and Executive Education of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University 2010-2014 and Chair Professor of Accounting 2002-2014, Dean of Faculty of Business 2002-2010, Director of Graduate School of Business 2003-2011.

She is a Canadian Chartered Accountant and was the first to be awarded a PhD in Accounting in Hong Kong in 1994. Dr Tsui holds positions as Honorary Professor and Visiting Professor at several top universities in the Mainland. She has been appointed as a Visiting Scholar of the Sloan School of Management of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT in the USA and is currently an Honorary Professor of the University of Warwick in the U.K. She was the first professor in Accounting who was awarded Cheung Kong Chair Professorship by the Ministry of Education in the Mainland 2005-2008.

Currently, Dr Tsui serves as a member of the Research Grants Council 2008-2014, and she served as a member of University Grants Committee 2008-2013, both appointed by the Hong Kong SAR Government. She has been appointed Member of Nominating Committee of International Federation of Accountants 2012-2015. Dr Tsui has been appointed Board Member of Hospital Authority by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR Government 2002-2004. She also served as a member of Hospital Governing Committee, Queen Mary Hospital Tsan Yuk Hospital 2004-2013, and was a member of Hong Kong West Cluster’s Tender Board of the Hospital Authority 2011-2013.

Dr Tsui served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of CLP Holdings Ltd. 2005-2014 and China Vanke Co. Ltd. in the Mainland 2005-2011 and as its Consultant 2011-2013.

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Bin Srinidhi

I couldn't agree with you more!! As educators, our first job is to open the minds, not try to fill them with preconceived notions. There are two broad issues.
First issue is about the students. As you said in your talk, unfortunately, by the time the students come to us, their minds are not receptive to ideas outside the box. They push back against unstructured learning that is essential for developing creativity.
The second issue is with most of the educators. They put in little effort in inspiring the students - the problem seems to be that most of them are not passionate about teaching. Some are passionate about research but not concerned with communicating the analytical research process to the students. Some are educators because they are not attracted to corporate lifestyle. 
The solution for the first problem is exactly what you recommend. It starts from educating the parents. However, the parents are in a bind in a system that closes its doors for school students who do not show academic promise! They cannot afford to have their child lose hope. 
This brings up the issue of the system of education, screening and selection. The system change could also address the second problem regarding the educators. In the west, very young students in kindergarten and primary grades are encouraged to "show and tell". Their creativity is encouraged. The feedback from the teachers to the parents is more wholistic - about the dimensions where the child is doing well and the dimensions where the child needs to be supported - without being too judgmental. Unfortunately, this does not last too long and the same system of overemphasis on exam achievement takes over at higher grades except at some elite institutions. As for the educators, we need a system that rewards good teachers even in the university. Currently, in the US great teachers say Ashwath Damodaran are felicitated but just "good" teachers lose out to their research-oriented colleagues. Both the western and the eastern systems need to be changed.
Technology might offer a disruptive solution in the next decade. You have provided the leadership in reforming the education system not only in HK but all over the world - which is wonderful. The task before us is very challenging but with new technologies, new institutions eg. the Khan academy and greater spotlight on education, the next decade seems to be an exciting period of change in education.

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