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【Oh!爸媽】英國老師一席話

不少人認為,教育成功與否在於能否入讀哈佛牛津,或是在公開試中取得全A*佳績。這些的確是值得驕傲的,但教育是雙面的,你有看清它的另一面嗎?

 

作為專欄作家和教育專家,我通常會先思考教育在全球化背景下的角色,再從多角度分析教育的意義。最近讀了Blanche Girouard的文章,她是西倫敦St Paul’s School的宗教科老師,她對教育的獨特見解深深吸引著我。

 

Girouard 描繪出歷史上一種成功女性的形象:「入得廚房出得廳堂」的賢妻良母。她們的成功和快樂並非建基於頂尖大學offer和考試分數。雖然Girouard也有慨嘆家長對孩子的抱負或有不足,但她的重點是學校、家長和政府的角色。她們應該嘗試退後一步給予孩子們空間去發掘自我,做自己想做的事。

 

認識Girouard的家長大都覺得她思想古老。在這訊息萬變的世界,這種想法不難理解。但家長們是否真的看清教育的全局?事情不是非黑即白;女孩子不一定要「無才便是德」,不讀書、只打理家頭細務就代表好?非也。最重要的是孩子們能發掘自己的才能和興趣,以提升個人發展。如Girouard所言:「時下女孩子學習琴棋書畫非出自真心,而是受大環境影響下才必須要做。」這種出發點不難理解,她亦指出孩子受多方面教育熏陶令思想更全面。

 

今天的香港,是一個考試主導的時代,過量的考試導致學校、老師和家長做出一些與教育背道而馳的事。學校要求老師教學以考試成績掛帥,最終令學生對學習的美景幻滅,亦引致學生有潛在的情緒問題,如壓力「爆煲」、失去創意甚至抑鬱。後果是,家長開始出來示威。真正的受害者是小孩子們。他們沒有選擇權,只能眼睜睜看著無拘無束的童年如Girouard所說的白白流走。

 

Girouard相信「我們的教育出了嚴重問題。」這真的是宗教老師純粹老掉牙的說法,還是值得我們深思的問題呢?

 

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