As I think back on my progress (ie promote Confucius learning amongst young children in Hong Kong) so far, I have observed that most young children in Hong Kong will be asked to memorise “Dizigui” by heart, from the age of 6 (ie primary school year one).
“Dizigui” is a 17th century textbook based on Confucian teachings that demands respect for tradition and elderly to promote harmony in a hierarchical society.
However, I think memorising and reciting texts and attending moral classes by young children might not inspire creativity in children. Importantly, young children might not fully appreciate (and understand) the meaning behind the texts they memorise and recite by heart.
To take things forward, I would suggest primary schools in Hong Kong to teach young children moral values by way of “idiom” animation (ie similar to Disney or Peppa Pig cartoons) EITHER using overhead projector (in classroom) OR iPad (at home). This shall maximise the impacts of planting the seeds of moral values in the brains of young children.
I plan to speak to few friends (who are existing school board members in Hong Kong) to try collaborate with three to five Government-subsidised band-three primary schools and rollout this initiative on a small-scale pilot basis. The school management can then observe the effectiveness, including the receptiveness by young children and their parents. If feedback is positive, the school management can communicate with the Education Bureau of Hong Kong Government then lobby for government support to hopefully rollout the initiative in much bigger scale.
I believe this is no different from doing a small experiment research in several primary schools in Hong Kong.
I shall choose less prestigious primary schools for experiment research purpose because such schools have lesser resources (from BOTH school AND parent/student perspectives) thus warrant more attention.
Without saying, a key hurdle is how best to fund such experiment research. In this regard, I will have to sound out interests of few NGOs to provide funding support.