Classics-learning is an integral part of ancient Chinese education. At the beginning of the last century, imperial examination and classics-reciting were sequentially abolished. The status of classics-learning was thus being challenged. Whether or not children should recite classics is so far still a matter of debate. The crux of debate seems to be whether classic-reciting will produce ignorance or bring enlightenment instead. In spite of controversy, classics-reciting activities in mainland China and Taiwan are still prevalent, and the advocates believe that these activities are especially conducive to the enhancement of language competency and moral qualities. This paper reviews and evaluates the arguments of classics-reciting, and explores the meaning of promotion of children’s classics-learning in Hong Kong from the perpectives of moral education and cultural inheritance with recommendations to enhance the effectiveness of classics-learning.
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