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Saturday 19-Nov-2016
【信報:升學專家有話兒】一字記之曰:Grit

有個好正的英文字,想同大家分享,我覺得它包涵了英國教育,尤其是寄宿學校教育的精髓,這個字就是Grit。

Grit這字香港人並不太熟悉,最慘的是新一代所謂港孩對Grit字背後的精神可能更加陌生。Grit者,堅毅也,也譯作意志力或鬥志。總之畫面就是困難險阻風雨中咬緊牙關勇往直前,即大雄小小事便喊苦喊忽向多啦A夢求救的相反。 

中國人深信「成功須苦幹」,英國人則相信,Grit是驅使一個人肯苦幹的動力,而且Grit不在我們的DNA內,而是靠成長路上的各種挑戰而建立出來。難怪英國教育很重視character building,並以培訓Grit字為目標。他們覺得成功不應以一個人的天分、熱情或學術成就來衡量,而是要看一個人能有多堅定鬥志去向自己理想進發。人生路上,天氣不似預期,有晴有雨有好有壞,個人的天分、熱情或學術成績都可能有無用武之地的機會,惟有堅毅鬥志可以陪伴大家「又越過高山又越過谷」,是生命中最重要的裝備。英國人因此便覺得,教育的最大目的,就是要為學生裝備好這不論人生高低起伏、放諸四海皆有用的技能。

 

鍛煉Grit木人巷 

作為英國教育佼佼者的寄宿學校,正是鍛煉Grit之木人巷。寄宿學校不會囉囉唆唆跟你講堅毅有幾好有幾妙,而是透過讓學生身體力行的活動,去培養他們的Grit,由他們自己來體驗其好處。寄宿生活本身有很多規矩,紀律性高,事事要親力親為,學生不好好以Grit來忍耐服從,便很難捱到學期尾完結回家做王子公主的甜美結局。寄宿學校也舉辦很多野外體驗活動,亦是要學生在荒野叢林捱一輪苦,用Grit支撐著完成整個旅程,才得到圍著營火飲杯熱可可與同伴談天說地的溫馨回報。而做過留學生都知,開頭學英文那段路真是少點Grit也不行,由將單字強砌成句子到可以用第二語言與鬼仔同學嗌交,或能上台用英語流暢地表演話劇,每一個小進步都是一個里程碑,標準口音文法詞彙搣開都有血有淚。 

Grit字其實也解作沙礫,經歷過人生路途上如細沙的各種少少苦楚,Grit就是這樣被激勵煉就出來。

 

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原文刊載於信報《銘想英國》專欄:
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