Editor: I just read the article in the New York Times about five boys given a “punishment” of reading books that will open their minds after vandalizing an historic school house.
First, this is an enlightened idea and I commend the decision. I’m an educator in Hong Kong and this is exactly what the world needs right now.
Second, don’t call it a “punishment.” The boys should be told they are lucky and have an opportunity that not many are given these days.
So let’s move away from the idea of using the word punishment, because we cannot link the words punishment and reading in any connotative ways.
Maninder Kalsi, Hong Kong