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Saturday 10-Dec-2016
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!
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。
原文作者為英識教育Britannia StudyLink 創辦人 陳思銘 Samuel Chan。
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With an entrepreneurial spirit spreading across online, print and broadcast media, Samuel is an award-winning educational consultant and celebrated columnist.

As a leader in the field of education, he was honoured with the British Council’s Study UK Alumni Award and his most prestigious achievement to date includes the founding of Hong Kong’s premier educational brands - Britannia StudyLink, Anglo Belgravia and Ascent Prep.

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