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Monday 07-Nov-2016
【Oh爸媽:寄宿學校攻略】「全人教育」的真義?

有看過我的升學專欄和文章,應該經常看見我提及「全人教育」(whole child approach)這四個字。到底它的真正意思是什麼?

若真要比較,寄宿學校無疑是全人教育的好例子,因為他們會用各種方式將此精神融入教學課程中。其實要判斷一間學校的教育質素是好是壞不應單看成績,還要看學校在德智體群美方面的發展。

不如我先舉幾個例子來說明何謂全人教育方針吧。 有16位學生參加一場1500米賽跑,只有15位學生完成賽事,大家都為他們鼓掌。最後一名雖然比其他同學多花30秒才完成賽事,不過全體師生還是為他鼓掌給予鼓勵。所以,學生的積極參與再加上老師和同伴的大力鼓勵,正是構成全人教育的重要元素。英國的頂尖寄宿學校就提供了鼓勵性的學習環境,培養出學生的抗逆能力。這種特質在大學和職場上非常重要。

最近留意到新聞,發現一間英國寄宿學校的理念挺有趣。那間學校校名比較特別,叫Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School。這間學校位於英國南部Hertfordshire,他們有一位化學老師非常有心思,會特意花時間教授學生瑜伽。整個課程絕不馬虎,是一個為期八星期的課程。那位老師深信瑜伽對學生的身心都會帶來正面影響,且能為學生減輕各種壓力,例如學業壓力或是社交媒體帶來的精神焦慮等等。

除了Haberdashers' Aske's,其實不少英國宿校都會以各種獨有形式幫助學生減壓,尤其是考試時期。 名校Tonbridge就是另一個好例子。每逢考試期,校方都會特別舉辦冥想(meditation)課程,讓學生以打坐形式來清除雜念或負能量,保持心理健康。

其實理想的全人教育制度除了關心學生的身心狀況,亦會致力發掘學生的潛能和創意等。一方面讓孩子有能力面對考試,另一方面則不斷給予機會,讓他們著手嘗試學習新知識。 例如Abbotsholme、Mount House Prep和Lancing College等都在校園設有農場,讓學生更親近自然,非常特別。當中Abbotsholme會在時間表中安排特定時間,學生會輪流去農場照顧小動物。Lancing College的農場更佔地70英畝。學生能在野外環境學習環保、與自然並存,或是照顧動物等技能。這些都是填鴨式教育下的學生甚少學到或接觸到的。

全人教育的涵義非常廣,不同的學校也會有他們的獨特手法來提升學生德智體群美等方面的修養,用三言兩語很難作一個總括。不過以上幾間學校都是好例子,告訴大家何謂「全人教育」。

 

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