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Saturday 12-May-2018
【信報】父母出身寒微更懂教育價值

辦升學服務,就跟辦教育一樣,應秉持「有教無類」的原則,這幾年見盡來自不同階層背景的父母和同學仔,我的宗旨是對任何人都一樣落力。當然,見到最多的個案,是書香世代的父母送子女去英國接受優質教育,讓仔女入英國名校的醫學院法學院,繼續家族高級知識份子的傳統。能夠為他們一代一代傳承出一分力,我當然感到高興。不過個人覺得更有滿足感,是可以幫到較低層卑微的家庭,成功為他們的子女衝出香港得到更卓越的教育,突破世代的框架。

 

來分享一個小故事:初創辦英識教育時,有個極度醒目、活躍好動兼成績很好的男同學來見我。他爸爸是位木匠(他當時自稱鬥木佬),見識不廣,只因家住屯門,見到區內有間國際學校屬英國名牌,於是點名要報英國原校。這同學後來得到面試機會,可惜慘遇滑鐵盧——沒考上爸爸認為不是同學本身的問題,卻跟其身份有關。他對我直言眼見其他報考的學生,都是和家人坐家裏的名車去,面試當天他們卻只坐的士赴約。入學處亦曾婉轉地告訴爸爸,此校學生周末消遣是去文華東方酒店high tea,爸爸聽後認為家庭背景或多或少會有影響。仔仔頓時表現失落,不快之情溢於言表,含淚離開我辦公室,臨別時拋下一句:「都叫咗你著靚啲架啦!」眼見爸爸面有難色,我只能夠安慰一句:「放心,英國好學校眾多,只需要找一所適合,無須介懷檔次及排名。」幸好最後終於成功為學生以UKiset成績考入另一所好學校。

 

他這一去四年,我們之間一直沒見面,我一直以為他也有怪於我。今年十四歲的他,數月前回港,竟帶著蛋糕來探我。談起舊事,他突然跟我說覺得很慚愧,當年不應怪爸爸做木匠累了他入不到名校,到底是爸爸辛辛苦苦一分一毫儲下錢來供他去英國留學,他感恩也來不及。我聽了心感安慰,證明同學仔去了英國讀寄宿學校,胸襟眼界截然不同了,真的培養出批判性思考及自我反省能力。他的書沒有白讀,爸爸血汗錢也沒有掉落咸水海。

 

這個小故事,我覺得很值得分享。其實有很多社會所謂勞動階層父母,正因自己無機會接受好的教育,更珍惜教育的價值,亦會為子女謀求更好的前途不惜一切,他們的一片苦心,更加值得我們的幫助來成全。

 

後記:同學仔要求我將故事寫出來,更補充今日學校選科選Design & Technology (科技及設計科) 希望將來也可以當一名穿西裝的鬥木佬。

 

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