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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

On Education

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. EXT. TRAIN CAR - 12:00


  4. Crowded. Peter is in thoughts.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I'm going to a business lunch - the theme is on education.


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Many see education as the key to success and the most important tool to change the world.


  8. Recalling.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I spent many years, studying the concept, structure and particulars of knowledge on Philosophy and Law.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I and my family members can only practise law in Hong Kong with all the requisite qualifications.


  12. Thinking.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): How to steer education strategy these days?


  14. Act 2


  15. INT. GRAND HYATT - 12:15


  16. Peter is seated in a round table at a corner.


  17. PETER (V.O.): I'm early.


  18. Pausing.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The host is taking over a committee chairmanship. The other guest is the immediate past chairman.


  20. Pausing.


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They're career educationalists in the public and private sectors.


  22. Pausing.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): At my age, I'm content to play a supporting role.


  24. Tapping NightCafe Creater on his phone screen, Peter creates a cubism work.


  25. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): It's a lot eye-appealing than a photo of a business lunch.


  26. MONTAGE OF THE BUSINESS LUNCH.


  27. A. The HOST and the other GUEST arrive.


  28. B. They chat and chat while having lunch.


  29. END MONTAGE


  30. Leaving, Peter is in thoughts.


  31. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I've learned a lot from them about education in Hong Kong and elsewhere.


  32. Pausing.


  33. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Essentialists think that there's a core set of knowledge that students need to learn to succeed in life.


  34. Pausing.


  35. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): And the knowledge such as science and technology should be taught in a structured and rigorous manner.


  36. Pausing.


  37. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Progressivists emphasize the development of the person, including one's emotional, social and creative development.


  38. Pausing.


  39. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): And the students should learn by doing while tutors act as facilitators rather than as experts.


  40. Recalling.


  41. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): In my primary and secondary school days, I picked up some essential knowledge in an unstructured fashion.


  42. Recalling.


  43. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): My undergraduate studies at HKU was a manifestation of the idea of essentialism.


  44. Recalling.


  45. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): My LLM studies at UCL and senior executive programs at Harvard were progressive.


  46. Pausing.


  47. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): How about the study of my BA in Philosophy and my first LLM as an external student of London U?


  48. Pausing.


  49. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): While the syllabuses were structured, the experts were book authors I had never met.


  50. Pausing.


  51. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I only knew I was on the right track when I passed the degree exams!


  52. Act 3


  53. EXT. TRAIN CAR - 14:30


  54. Crowded. Peter is deep in thoughts.


  55. PETER (V.O.): Education is one thing, but being educated is another.


  56. Thinking.


  57. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Being educated means being open to new ideas, even if they challenge one's preconceived notions. I seek knowledge for its own sake.


  58. Pausing.


  59. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Being truly educated is a lifelong journey, one that never really ends.

  60. FADE OUT


  61. THE END













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