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Tuesday 31-May-2016
包尾宅男與UCL

每朝起床例牌收到一大堆Whatsapp。今天有一個令我特別在意。

 

「Hey Samuel! Couldn’t be happier to tell you I got the offer from UCL!」Really!我興奮到彈起。

 

他是Derek,我的第一個學生。自從中四去了英國讀書一直少有他的消息,直到今天他收到了University College London的Offer,令我感覺到自己也有份參與他的成長路,曾在這棵幼苗長高的時候澆過水。

 

那時候Derek已十八歳但仍讀中四,逢二進一,是個現代人眼中的典型「毒男」。沒自信、英文差、成績麻麻、唔做運動,連家庭背景都有少許複雜。這種學生,莫論要去英國升學,即使在香港讀書,路也定必艱辛。

 

甚至身邊朋友都對我說:呢啲學生唔好幫啦,一定升唔到英國學校,吃力不討好,浪費時間。

 

直到我那位智者朋友Larry告訴我以下小故事:

 

「如果現在有以下三位候選人競逐總統,你會選哪一位?

 

A: 跟貪腐無恥的政客打交道,迷信占卜師,有兩位妻子。他亦是煙鏟、酒鬼,每天最少10杯martini。

B: 激嬲老細被人踢出office兩次,生活習慣不良,終日睡到下午,在學校吸鴉片,晚晚飲一整公升的威士忌。

C: 他是戰爭英雄。同時是素食者、不抽煙、間中飲少許啤酒,從沒出軌。

 

唔使話我知你點揀,我俾咗答案你先:A是美國前總統羅斯福;B是英國前首相丘吉爾;C是希特拉。」

 

「有時候睇人唔可以睇出身。今日你個學生係無自信係懦弱,唔代表佢聽日係咁。愛因斯坦都俾人話過有學習障礙啦,who cares?你做教育唔係就係想作育英材咩?」

 

簡直是當頭棒喝。為甚麼我要做教育?正是希望能幫助來自不同背景的學生們,讓他們能接受適合自己的教育,走上一條屬於自己的人生路。家庭背景複雜不要緊,成績不好不要緊,更加要用教育證明自己是一個人,活在自己的路上,而不是別人的陰影之下。

 

我最開心的,是看見教育能為Derek帶來的改變,是能夠見證自己的堅持有回報。今天Derek考入了UCL,官仔骨骨一身西裝,沒有人想過他從前是個膽小小沒存在感的怯弱男生。但走到今天,那些過去還重要嗎?

 

不管再多人說無用、無生意、徙時間,我都會堅持做,這不是為錢,而是作為教育人應該有的原則。不問回報,不問出身,有教無類。雖然我沒有親自落場教,但有幸參與在學生的成長路之中,看著他們走上自己理想的路,是作為教育者的最大感動。

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