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Saturday 23-Dec-2017
【信報】 留英轉校先找出問題根源

上星期講過英國升學想轉校的不可不知。經驗所得,「讀得不開心」是同學仔讀完一個學期想轉校的最主要原因。歸根究底咩,我發現很多家長主要是經朋友介紹,或升學中心推介,甚至因見到網上有很高評價來揀學校,可惜這些都未必是讓仔女讀得得開心的保證,最後轉校便變成不得已的選擇。



講個較極端的例子,今年暑假有家長想阿囡學好英文兼脫胎換骨變成鬼妹仔,於是要求送囡囡去一間沒有中國人的學校。囡囡最終如願去了北部一間極傳統的天主教學校,華人連影也沒有。可是一個學期之後,家人發現阿囡很不開心,這間嚴格的傳統教會學校要求學生參加很多英式運動,囡囡覺得這方面自己拍馬也追不上經驗豐富的本地人,於是本來很有自信的女孩一下信心全失,更慘是不開心時想找個同聲同氣的人呻下也沒有,引致情緒非常低落。媽咪擔心寶貝女的自信和情緒這樣受重擊會有嚴重後遺,最後與家人商議後,來個180度轉變想替她換一間不那麼嚴苛兼有人同聲同氣的學校。



另一邊廂,也有同學仔去到一間有太多中國人學校,此校雖云是英國學校,但其實是國際學校,同學仔去到讀得不開心,是因為校內的香港學生將香港那套激烈競爭照辦煮碗地搬到英國去,覺得如果不入牛津劍橋Durham、 Bristol等名校就會面上無光。這個同學覺得壓力很大,跟原本想去英國讀書接受全人教育、快樂學習的原意背道而馳,於是這次放假回來就要求要轉校。



不合則分實在是很自然的事,尤其很多父母和學生都從未有留學經驗,就算之前做足功課,始終同學仔一日未親身體驗過校園生活,一日也未知與學校到底是天作之合抑或是錯配。不過我想叮囑一句,考慮轉校前,家長要了解同學讀得不開心的問題根本,有時同學讀得不開心,可能純粹是文化差異,需要的只是一些時間去適應磨合。只有在透徹明白了同學的需要,才可以有把握轉校後新學校可以令同學讀得開心,轉校才能成為有效解決問題的方法。



最最最後貼士,無論首次選校或轉校,家長們緊記要帶學生一同參與選校過程,始終就讀的是子女們,無論設施多好,排名多高,口碑如何好,中介如何誠意推介;不同性格,不同要求,始終有不同需要。再講,他們有份參與,選擇了後悔聲音也少一點。

 

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