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家長來到選校的階段,離不開幾個問題:排名高不高?A-A*比例高不高?多不多香港人?多不多學生升到牛劍?他們一早set好了agenda,送子女去英國讀書,心中其實安排好一條路讓子女行,但同時這也是他們的悲哀。

 

我常常問自己和家長一個問題:去英國讀書的你們想得到甚麼?學好英文?考試高分?入讀牛劍?做ibank?入大公司?這些答案比較實際,不如我們想得形而上一點:我想我的學生都快樂,走上自己最適合的路。

 

將香港讀書有的壓力一起帶去英國,要求孩子在英國做到香港的standard,是一種痛苦。如果已經決定要去英國,就應該做好去英國的心理準備。那邊的學習環境比較無為而治,學生自行學習,自行決定選讀科目、活動等等,最後演變成有自我個性的人,升大學專攻的學科,畢業後的職業都未必是父母早安排好的,那是好是壞?你覺得呢?

 

我身邊有不少英國回流從事各行各業的朋友,做的都跟自己讀的無關:讀數學開分子料理店的Arthur、讀商科做花旗參零售的Vincent、讀化學開甜品店的Ronnie等等。而他們的故事,走上今天的路,都跟自己當年在英國讀的書沒太大關係。

 

例如Arthur,他的分子料理之路,純粹是因為他喜歡烹飪。

 

「依家作為廚師身份講,我學校啲野食算幾好味喇,哈哈。讀書時喺學校踢波夾band打麻雀,識咗好多人。畢業後我去澳洲讀大學,因緣際會學到分子料理,返香港搵返啲波友band友學做生意,最後開咗分子料理店。」

 

Ronnie呢?本來他是藥劑師。

 

「本來有一間英國好出名嘅藥廠請咗我,我讀化學,藥劑駕輕就熟。但喺倫敦遇到我女朋友,大家都喜歡食野,就一齊燃燒青春,儲錢開咗甜品店。青春係得嗰幾年,藥廠就一百年都唔會執,點解唔試下自己想做嘅事?」

 

這些人們都沒有走上眾人眼中最平坦直接的路,反而在英國讀書生涯路上拾起一些碎片,然後築起一條只有自己行得到的路。而我呢?經濟學出身,搞升學事業,為的就是希望你們都懂得找路上的碎片,行出自己的路。你今天未必知道身邊的甚麼事在你未來用得著,但總有一天,你會感激,幸好有遵從自己的心意而行。

 

「You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.」-Steve Jobs



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