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Saturday 21-Oct-2017
【信報】香港家長大迷思

上星期我出席了一個有關英國教育的對談會,在場的還有香港三大英國國際學校的校長:Shrewsbury 的 Ben Keeling、Kellett 的 Ann McDonald 和 Harrow 的Annabel Davis。 我們討論了許多香港父母關心的英國教育話題,台上台下都氣氛熱烈。

 

有家長問:香港人對英國教育最大的誤解是甚麼?
我既然身為香港人又熟悉英國教育,這問題由我來回應應該最適合,於是我反問台下所有家長:「各位其實是怎樣揀學校的?」台下家長面面相覷,於是我再問:「你們有幾多人是用排名榜來揀學校?」
這一下,約八成與會家長舉了手。我續問:「你們可知這些排名榜由誰製定?」家長們再度你眼望我眼,啞口無言。

 

我於是解釋,香港家長可能不了解的,其實各大英國學校排名榜是由學校自主提供資料給報章打造出來,當中牽涉的利益來往亦不是聞所未聞的。排行榜的出現,純粹是媒體以最簡單又最具綽頭的方法,為家長提供參考。換言之,英國教育部官方從來不會鼓勵用排行榜的準則來為學校評分,對於英國人來說,他們的態度更加覺得,排名榜是用來看穿的。

 

如何看穿排名榜?——或者這才是叫香港家長最摸不著頭腦。不少香港家長沒想到排名榜除了考試成績這些量化資訊外,很多寶貴資料都乏善足陳。我們從中能知道學生在學校開心的程度嗎?在校園的參與度嗎?他們學到了甚麼軟技能?英國人口中的看穿排名榜,就是在選擇學校時,越過量化資訊,去了解一間學校每日有甚麼活動,有甚麼方法為其子女増值,校方怎樣在德育上提升子女的情操等。

 

英國有免費教育,可是英國當地人有能力的,都會不惜每年耗三萬英鎊送子女去讀寄宿學校,為什麼?他們並非因為名牌寄宿學校有星級名師鞭策催谷仔仔女女摘A*,而是他們真心想下一代享有優質的教育,體驗學習的樂趣,啓發思考和創意,並在宿舍的生活裏學習待人接物,鍛鍊出堅毅不屈、勤奮認真這些軟實力。英國家長眼中,以上這一切得著,才是令三萬鎊一年的學費值回票價的原因。香港家長對英國教育的價格瞭如指掌,但他們最大的迷思,可能來自不能領悟英式教育的真正價值。

 

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