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Saturday 04-Nov-2017
【信報】選擇lB學校須知

曾經就IB課程跟很多英國學校校長傾談過,我很有興趣知道他們眼中一間學校要lB辦得好需具備甚麼條件,綜結各校長的意見,兩個準則是必然:時間表設計以及學校規模。

lB向來有個光環,就是它作為一個相對全面性的課程,學生都比較優秀。課程全面固然是好,但要實施出來便有一定難度。難怪連名校如Sevenoaks 及St Claire’s Oxford 的校長都異口同聲指出,時間表設定得好,其重要性舉足輕重!

英國和香港有很多學校都行雙學制,IB會與DSE或A Level兼行。需知lB跟DSE或A Level課程本質差異很大,不論教學內容、啓發方法,或上課時間表完全不同,故需要的也是全然不同的師資。假如一間小型學校只為十個八個學生辦lB,往往會以本來教DSE的老師去兼教lB科目,這做法必然不妥。lB科目需要由專門的老師去教授,一般只有大型的學校方才有資源去兼顧。環觀英國當今lB辦得優秀的學校都是規模大的學校,這現象絕非偶然。家長要選lB學校,要不便挑選只獨沽一味辦lB的學校,要不便應該奉持不大不揀的原則。

左揀右揀,其實家長最重要的考慮,還是那句:子女究竟是否適合讀lB?人稱lB的學生都比A Level或DSE學生叻,其實這印象不盡不實。lB學生不是零舍聰明,而是比較全面。lB課程的理念就是要為學生同時裝備文學、科學、語言、審判思考等等各範疇的基礎,亦著重課餘活動。不難想像,同學仔能接受如此全面教育,報大學時確實會令學校對他們刮目相看。可是不是所有學生適合走這種全面路線,如果學術表現所有科目雖不是頂尖,但卻平均地出色,lB就是你那杯茶。但如果同學仔像我當年,經濟、美術在校內數一數二,但理科差勁,屬於這種spiky型表現的學生,就應對lB避之則吉。

再給大家一個貼士。挑選lB學校,實地參觀的作用不大,反而同老師交談及多跟其他家長交流,更有禆益。當然我也明白,想得到其他家長的意見也不是這麼簡單的事,幸好有網站如www.whizpa.com會為學校評分並有大量交流資訊,便是各位家長參考的好幫手。

 

文 Samuel Chan

圖:St Claire’s Oxford

電郵 smschan1@gmail.com

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原文:http://www1.hkej.com/…/%E9%81%B8%E6%93%87IB%E5%AD%B8%E6%A0%…

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