“Hong Kong independence should not be allowed in school” will be the subject of a student-teacher debate at Wah Yan College Hong Kong next Monday.
Students will argue for the topic, while teachers will argue against it.
So Ying-lun, principal of the school and debate moderator, said in an interview with a student that he hoped the debate would encourage multi-angle thinking: “There are two sides to every issue,” he said, “we should not take sides on issues too hastily.”
Participants may not necessarily be debating on the side that falls in line with their own opinion, So said. “This will encourage participants to think from an opposing perspective, which will allow them to better understand opinions that are different from their own.”
“We hope to achieve tolerance and plurality. These are values that are cherished by Wah Yan College,” So said. “When we are faced with different opinions, we should communicate rationally with respect.”
Wah Yan College Hong Kong holds a student-teacher debate annually, often using controversial issues as the topic. For example, the pros and cons of secondary school students participating in political activities was debated last year, and whether the school should support the coming-out of gay students was the topic of 2014’s debate, in which So also participated.