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Saturday 10-Sep-2016
【信報:升學專家有話兒】不必非名校不入

9月,是許多英國中學來港招生的旺季,當中有鼎鼎大名如Harrow、Oundle、Badminton、Wellington、Shrewsbury等名校,吸引不少家長慕名而至。

 

家長之心可昭日月,他們一心想為子女揀一間最好的中學,繼而進入最好大學,子女一生的青雲路就是如此煉成。

 

我個人非常同意大學非最好學校不揀,因為會直接影響就業職途。但中學呢,就覺得有斟酌餘地。中學讀書講個人成績,學校A-Level排名其實幫不到幾多。學生除非真是家庭背景顯赫,成績又出類拔萃的尖子,入到Eton、Harrow等學校也不會被比下去。否則在人人都是crème de la crème的精英學校中,只要資質稍遜,便馬上黯然無光,很多機會便不是屬於你:辯論隊無你份,head boy/head girl唔使諗,各種體育活動連門邊也摸不上。尤其中途插班的海外生,面對校內這麼多「親生仔」,任何活動被挑選時便更蝕底。

 

自家經歷:我中學就讀於一間名為Greshams的中下游中學,中學排名無礙我最終以straight As畢業,入到心儀大的大學。然而中學時期,因為競爭相對不激烈,我在校內得到的機會很多,欖球、曲棍球入到校隊,田徑、板球也有涉獵,當年以我一個香港來的學生,在鬼仔學校有機會入辯論隊已夠盞鬼,入到戲劇隊更加戲劇化─在莎劇中扮不上羅密歐,扮棵樹也夠我開心。

 

是,重點是我的中學生涯過得很開心而充實,很有自信也很有成就感,從而激發起我要考好A-Level,考入好大學的決心。當然,我多姿多采的校園生活令我有一張亮眼的履歷,也是加分之處。

 

水中無魚蝦為大

所以奉「贏在起跑線」為金科玉律的家長其實要明白,中學不一定要非名校不入,適當時故意蝕賽,有時才是造就最後勝利的秘訣。充實開心有挑戰性而又能帶來成就感的中學生涯,對建立學生的自信及塑造其個性有舉足輕重的影響。阿仔阿女入了響噹噹的名校,如果功課追得吃力,課外活動又處處碰壁,情緒低落充滿挫敗感,將來考大學未輸人都已先輸了個陣。中國人那句「水中無魚蝦為大」充滿貶意,但其實隻蝦如果在適合的環境煉出大將之風,他朝一個鯉魚翻身的機會還有的是呢。

 

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