Ka-fu Wong's Journal

I am writing this journal to share my views with my friends and students. I write about anything that I see and feel. Although this is not a blog, your comments are welcome. Comments, if any, should be directed to kafuwong@econ.hku.hk.

 

2017-09-14

When helping your friend is NOT HELPING YOUR FRIEND!

In my Introductory Microeconomics class, I take attendance via in-class exercises. The attendance will account for five percent of the overall grade. There is a reason for the attendance requirement. We want students to come to class. Many studies have shown that going to class will improve learning. In fact, we do not need research to arrive at such conclusion.

If students do not come to class, where do we expect teaching and learning to happen? I understand that some students will claim they will be learning by themselves -- at library, at home or at dorm. I do not believe that. Most students skipping classes would NOT use the equivalent amount of time to self-learn.

As I design them, in-class exercises have additional values. They supposedly help students review and hence sharpen their learning of the subject -- in addition to taking attendance.

Some students do not see the good intention of their teachers. They just come to get their attendance taken. Worse, some students are helping their friends to take attendance. They simply get an extra copy of in-class exercises, help their friends to fill in their names and student IDs.

This behavior is bothersome and should be punished. In fact, the donor and the recipient are accomplice. FAKING ATTENDANCE IS A CRIME!!

Students, please, if you are asked to help fake the attendance for your friend, please REFUSE. Refusal actually helps your friend to become a better person -- a responsible person. He/she is supposedly responsible for the action he/she chooses. Only through this training of responsibility at the early stage of life will he/she become a responsible person in the future.

If you want to help him/her, encourage him/her to come to class and be attentive in the lecture, and help him/her learn whenever he/she has questions.

2017-09-13

My life as a student -- AGAIN

2017-09-05

You like easy grade, easy honor, easy graduation?

2017-07-18

My Facebook friends, please protect me just as I protect you.

2017-07-12

An internship

2016-03-01

You know me. But, do I know you?

2015-12-17

Why learning fails to happen despite the great design of the course and the great teacher?

2015-12-11

Would you please accept my late submission?

2015-10-20

Can I trust you, my friend?

2015-10-17

If we have the second chance to "retake", failing or getting a low grade would not be so stressful.

2015-09-18

My first-hand experience on why learning is not taking place in lectures!

2015-08-20

Are you sure Econometrics is useless?

2015-06-15

What kind of food do you like?

2015-05-04

Eating 100 bowls of rice in a day

2015-01-31

You say you love me. How can I tell whether you truly love me?

2014-11-19

Thank you for inviting me to play Candy Crush Soda Saga.

2014-10-24

I would be happy to write recommendations letter for your PhD or Master application if ....

2014-10-23

Master of Finance at MIT

2014-10-06

Are you sure what you saw was black?

2014-09-15

Speaking out for the quiet attentive majority

2014-03-05

GOLDEN opportunity -- only to the hard-working students.

2014-03-01

What to do when your teacher's teaching style does not fit your learning style?

2013-11-28

A negative experience? Not completely. It can be made into a positive one!

2013-11-27

Many thanks for your appreciation of my teaching (II)

2013-11-22

Many thanks for your appreciation of my teaching (I)

2013-09-30

The question is not totally useless

2013-07-23

My next stop is Barcelona!

2013-06-01

Her decision to pursue Master of Finance after her undergradaute study at HKU

2013-02-05

Keep me posted of your progress, please!

2012-11-16

Pardon me! None of us want to have final exams through January 5!

2012-11-10

What should I do at HKU (activities versus study and many other things)?

2012-09-12

No! Please do not come to my class to promote your club activities.

2012-09-09

I am terribly sorry to tell you that I have to renege on your offer.

2012-02-21

Free coffee coupon! Anyone?

2011-10-28

Who are you?

2011-10-13

Summer intership opportunity at Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research

2011-09-18

Thank you so much for your criticism!

2011-09-12

Coach, can you teach me to swim?

2010-12-16

How do I locate a research topic?

2010-10-14

Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon

2010-10-05

What will my future be?

2010-10-04

A major in Economics and Finance is not enough to guarantee your future.

2010-09-30

Students, please help us become better teachers!

2010-09-21

No one should be surprised that she has been doing so well!

2010-03-02

Revelance of GPA in job applications

2010-02-18

How government policy with good intention can create frustration and political instability?

2010-02-11

IS ASSOCIATED WITH is not the same as CAUSES .....

2009-12-02

Can you match my feat of unconsciously raising one eyebrow but lower the other?

2009-12-01

Cherish our beloved ones who are still around us -- when we still can!

2009-11-27

Trust your teachers, but don't trust them blindly!

2009-11-26

You can give me a low score but please write some comments to help me improve my teaching.

2009-11-25

Three monks

2009-08-26

The similarity in health care service provision and fire fighting service provision

2009-08-26

Road congestion pricing

2009-08-08

Summer School at Korea University?

2009-07-31

Scientists apply cost and benefit analysis

2009-07-31

Dynamic pricing coming near you

2009-07-05

I envy the colorful lives of professors. I would like to become one.

2009-03-23

Be brave. Visit your teachers. Ask them questions. Your teachers are a lot nicer than you think.

2009-03-19

I know approximately zero percent about this world!

2009-03-14

How can you verify this is me -- Dr. Ka-fu Wong of HKU School of Economics and Finance?

2009-03-09

I dream to work in the business sector. Should I pursue a master degree before I join the private sector?

2009-02-19

Any economist can predict this... Can you?

2009-02-16

Coupon clippers wanted!

2009-02-13

Sir, can you give me a fish?

2009-01-09

The impact of SiChuan earthquake on China's economic growth -- a sketch

2008-12-21

Help me.... please.

2008-12-20

Learning should not end with the final exam!

2008-11-27

Which semester in my second year do you suggest to go exchage according to our curriculum?

2008-11-19

Exchange in Europe can be very rewarding!

2008-11-18

UC Berkeley is my top choice for exchange!

2008-11-03

The ripple effect of a fall in demand in final goods and services.

2008-11-02

Why did we not have fresh mushrooms twenty years ago?

2008-10-20

Seeing financial tsunami, should we abandon capitalism?

2008-10-18

Should the financial tsunami scare us?

2008-10-13

I did it! The Raleigh Challenge!

2008-09-18

Where can I find some evidence to support the short essay I am writing?

2008-08-26

I am in year 1. How to prepare myself for PhD study in top US universities (say, Harvard and Stanford)?

2008-08-23

Why do business-school applications pick up as the economy slows?

2008-07-08

Measuring Honesty

2008-05-14

A subsidy to encourage firms to adopt energy efficient appliances reduces CO2 emission?

2008-02-23

Dialogue is preferred to monologue.

2008-02-16

Solid Waste Management in Hong Kong

2008-02-13

If I were a single unemployed old man who lives on Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA)

2008-01-10

A list of readings for amateur economists

2008-01-10

Puzzle: If fortune-telling were totally useless, why would it last for centuries just like the traditional Chinese medicine?

2007-12-17

Is forecasting a pure guessing game?

2007-12-16

I want zero emission of CO2!

2007-11-30

How would I choose universities for exchange?

2007-11-28

Excuse me. Can you write a recommendation letter for me?

2007-11-27

No student invited me to the photo-taking sessions!

2007-11-12

No pain, no gain!

2007-11-09

Education in China

2007-10-23

Do I know my students?

2007-10-06

Observation of rules

2007-09-29

Quiet please!

2007-09-14

Teaching is to be enjoyed, and so is studying. Grades should only be secondary.