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Saturday 10-Dec-2016
【信報:升學專家有話兒】學校排名取決於學生Wellbeing
香港的學童自殺風潮,惹起社會人士的關注,它反映了在激烈的學業競爭中,本地學生的心理健康甚至生命都成了犧牲品,這是件非常可悲的事,教育界尤其不能忽略。
 
不幸地,英國也有近似問題。根據國家統計局數字,英國青少年自殺率處於十七年新高,單在2015年,便有186名青少年選擇自我輕生,數目比起過去三年上升接近一半!面對時下年輕人面臨的精神健康危機,英國勝在有在社會上地位舉足輕重的人士,敢於直斥現今制度的不是,我非常尊崇敬仰的資深教育界人士 Anthony Seldon 爵士便是其中一員。
 
我欣賞Sir Anthony 的一大原因,是他正直敢言。他早前接受訪問,便大數英國政府沒有把新一代的心理健康放在眼裡,忽視程度達到罪惡的地步。Anthony 爵士認為,教育若只將學生考試成績作焦點,實在是徒勞無功的,因為它所培育出來的學生,甚至不能應付將來的職場:「作為僱主,也會想僱用有責任感、個性堅毅的年輕人,而不是連對話也不行的A*霸。」他指出,社會上有許多形同「考試工廠」的學校,但只有把學生心理質素放在首位的學校,才能有助學生在學術上淋漓發揮。
 
一語中的,Anthony 爵士果然是我偶像!
 
他還倡議英國政府應該設立wellbeing的學校排名榜,以學生出席率、健康狀況、受罰紀錄及行為標準,來衡量學校排名,此外,學生自己申報的快樂指數,以及學校對學生心理健康的關懷程度,也會是重點考慮。他更特別指出,這個排名榜應與GCSE及A-Level排名榜一同公佈,以示它享有同等權威和份量。
 
Anthony 爵士的一番話,使我感概不已。在香港,我常從家長處聽到Happy School跟Academic School的分別,不少家長認為後者是「好學校」的同義詞,指標便是學校的功課測驗考試多到氣咳,家長大多數取Academic School而嫌棄Happy School,覺得「開心學習」是相互矛盾的事,上學的目標根本不為Happy,所以不從同學的情緒和心理健康作考量。我其實真的很同意Anthony 爵士所講,同學的身心wellbeing得到照顧,學習潛能才能盡發揮,開心才能有助學習!
 
至於Anthony 爵士對現代父母有甚麼寄語,我們下星期再談。
 
 
 
 
 
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原文作者為英識教育Britannia StudyLink 創辦人 陳思銘 Samuel Chan。
 
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