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Thursday 28-Sep-2017
【Mameshare】學無前後,達者為先

 

最近有套電影叫做《打死不離3父女》,故事講述一名前印度摔跤手,因為飲恨金牌,矢志將女兒訓練成捽跤手,完成自己未竟的心願。電影很感人,但我覺得此故事只屬冰山一角,因為香港有不少同類故事正在上演。曾經有位媽媽來到公司跟我說:「我先生是上市公司主席,我自己是醫生,我兒子是沒可能考不到這間學校的。」聽完這番話,我決定找他的兒子談談。

 

不料這學生竟跟我說,從小到大無論考小學、考中學、尤其考英國學校,父母都給了他很大壓力,令他對學習產生恐懼。雖然他已置身名校,但個人表現不見突出,尤其考試前往往誠惶誠恐。其實家長常以為虎父無犬子,自己事業有成自然覺得兒子也必出類拔萃,於是變身虎爸虎媽催逼孩子。當中有些更屬越級挑戰,例如4歲就要兒子參加城中的游泳比賽、又或者參加全港賽事力爭第一,務求儲回一大堆獎盃獎牌。

 

上到小學三年班,家長又要孩子學八級鋼琴甚至操上演奏級,學畫畫又要畫到跟相片倒模一般。試問那位學畫的小孩,就算技術已達頂級,又是否代表他真正喜歡藝術?學鋼琴的孩子又是否真心懂得音樂,明白作曲家的創作理念呢?還是純粹迎合名校要求,愛找游泳高手捧盃,請音樂尖子光耀門眉?這種求獎心態在香港家長界愈趨嚴重,間接令新一代步向功利,對孩子們是好事抑或壞事?當孩子11歲吹笛操練至演奏級,他會否在12歲時已厭倦透頂,與樂器割席?那個4歲奪得游泳比賽的冠軍,會否下水後失卻笑容,甚至乎最討厭練水?不如放手吧,讓孩子愉快成長,在多元的課外活動中慢慢尋求自己的興趣,別再為一紙證書而操練,否則與成功只會背道而馳。

 

令人可惜的是,我剛才談及的學生不過就讀中一,如今已因父母的壓力而懼怕學習,這難道是家長想達到的目的嗎?這例子令我想起昔日英國讀書的舊同學,當中一位最厲害的朋友,現已成為藝術家,在英國Art Basel級別的畫展上皆見其作品。但其實他在中學會考時才開始學畫,之前從未去過畫室,從沒在技巧上力臻完美,但他憑藉非凡的創作力和對藝術的熱誠,學無前後達者為先,迄今已成為全球現代藝術的翹楚。還有另一例子,是我的舊同學及師弟Tom Youngs和Ben Youngs,他們以前讀書和音樂堪稱不濟,用香港俗語來形容叫做「廢物」,但由於他們專注運動,保持滿腔熱誠,現今已成為英格蘭欖球國家隊成員,在運動界發光發亮,更是同輩中吸金最強。其實他們讀書時從未拿過十項全能,我相信他們4歲時也不是甚麼游泳冠軍,只不過把熱誠投射在自己的興趣之上,最終換來今日的成功。香港的家長們,不妨以資借鑑。

 

作者:Samuel Chan(陳思銘)



原文:http://www.mameshare.com/?route=article&id=259&title=%E3%80%90%E7%8D%A8%E5%AE%B6%E3%80%91%E9%99%B3%E6%80%9D%E9%8A%98%E2%80%94%E5%AD%B8%E7%84%A1%E5%89%8D%E5%BE%8C%EF%BC%8C%E9%81%94%E8%80%85%E7%82%BA%E5%85%88

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