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Tuesday 13-Aug-2019
【立場新聞】為何麥明詩選擇赴英升學?

每逢九、十月,英國 60 多間頂尖名校陸續來英識教育做收生宣傳,我做學生的年代,英國升學被視為讀到中三、四成績仍無起色的學生「逃生門」,但這個想法近年已大大改變。香港小姐冠軍、會考十優狀元麥明詩就是先鋒,她放棄在香港讀預科,遠赴英國威靈頓公學(Wellington College),再考入劍橋大學讀法律。從這位破格港姐的處事言行及高 EQ,應該能為英國教育精妙之處作見證。

講到麥明詩,美貌與智慧並重之外,她具有的判批思考、良好情商管理、落落大方的氣質,都為她的個人色彩加分。麥明詩目前是全職藝員,但據報道她在去年底已完成律師實習,取得紐約州執業律師資格,她正是時下流行的「slash 族」好例子,不規限發展,做律師又得、選港姐亦得。

麥明詩接受訪問時講過,自己曾考慮在香港讀預科,但為了準備考入夢想中的劍橋大學,決定提早赴英。這種心態跟我近年的觀察也相符,即使在香港讀到喇沙、男女拔級數的名校,不少人在高中階段就決定到海外升學,最遲也在中六考公開試前,有人形容這是「跳船」,但他們明顯不是為了找逃生出路,而是籌謀更好升學路。

在未來的社會,最重要的三種技巧是情商管理、創造力、軟技巧運用,即使讓你讀到碩士,甚至成為博士,要是欠缺適應社會的能力,如何學富五車都是徒然。可惜的是,香港主流教育多年來仍然高舉學術成績,為科目排優次,首要中、英、數,其次才是科學與人文,藝術及體育排最後,課外活動(extra-curricular activity)更是有名你叫,或多或少被視為「多餘」。

常言道「求學不是求分數」,但事實是香港教育仍然看重得分,甚至為了辨別高低,考試模式也相對艱澀刁鑽,英國學校的考試方法通常較為直接,在香港分數中規中矩的學生,到英國也許成為天才了。英國教育另一個最大優點是老師照顧好,香港一般課堂比例是 1:25-30,英國大概是 1:8-10,課堂上也有很多互動,幫助學生吸收,不似香港常要「坐定定」聽書。

海外升學目的地向來不乏選擇,除了英國、美國也值得考慮,但我認為美國教育比較著重 Individualism (個人主義),人人有個不同的美國夢。相比之下,英國教育不填鴨、系統良好、學科發展均衡,應該比較適合香港家長及學生的期望,正如《哈利波特》中魔法學校學生,個個要學魁地奇(Quidditch)、日日練飛,也反映英國教育中重視體藝的優點。

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