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動物考試

早陣子在instagram看到了一張有意思的圖片:一位男人坐在一班動物前面,說動物們要考試。動物們有猴子、企鵝、大象、金魚、海獅、狗。男人說:For a fair selection everybody has to take the same exam: please climb that tree. 然後下面配一句愛恩斯坦的說話作解題:Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

 

題目為:Our Education System。

 

「Samuel你唔好成日都講到咁沉重好嘛?」係幾deep,但意思真的好出。一排外貌長處完全不同的動物,要考同一個試,因為要公平。大象唔識爬樹,金魚出水即死,那爬樹考試又如何公平?

 

對,不公平,而這也正是我面的考試制度面對的問題。驟眼看來,我們每個人都是一樣,假設要求學生考同一個試,應該是公平不過的,我們不是金魚,不是猴子也不是大象。True,但這只是表面。忽略了每個學生個人特質和潛能,以單一考試去決定水平高低,是遮蓋了眼睛的一種盲目公平。

 

被表面遮住的背後,我們有種種不同的特質,有人跳舞叻、有人唱歌好聽、有人演戲逼真。這就是我們心底處的金魚、猴子、大象之分。如果因為要考中英數而對著音樂天才說「你成績好差」,無疑是埋沒和否認了他其他方面的天分,也令學生像愛恩斯坦口中的金魚:live his whole life believing that he is stupid, which is not true。

 

我不反對考試,但要清楚考試的意義。一些主要科目,例如中英數,即使你不用考大學,不用成績好,都一定要識,要有一定水平,因為純粹要生存。而考試的意義,就應該是確定學生有一定程度的知識水平,至少能在社會中生活。而今天的考試,卻以成績主導,以分數為評核基礎。學生相信成績就是一切的「假道理」,寧願追隨主流都不願發掘自己的長處。

 

等我都學愛恩斯坦講句說話:Everybody is a genius. Only when fish swims, monkey climbs, dog runs, and not the way around.

 

難怪有人話,愛恩斯坦生於香港,都只會要不停做TSA讀書考試。相對論?講笑,溫書啦!



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