Monday, January 23, 2006

老師 — 教書外還要激勵學生

The recent struggles between teachers and the government have left students out in the cold. Who isn' t under intense pressure these days in life, especially for those who are underperforming? Children of accountants also want their parents to spend more time with them -- this is just a fact of modern life. Why should teachers be favored? Education holds a special place in every society, especially in Chinese culture. However, we must remember that the student is the center of this importance we put on education, not the teachers. It is a terrible role model for teachers to put up as the biggest, loudest and most unreasonable and selfish cry baby around. While the teachers union has been criticizing the reform, incredibly they have been unable to provide any alternatives except to say, give us less work, give us "small class instruction" (despite many research showing that does not automatically relate to better education) and more jobs. Imperfect as the current educational reforms are, the actions of the teachers can hardly be condoned.

老師—教書外還要激勵學生

  任何人都會說,教育是社會上最重要的。不過,有時候我們真想不到,教育可以是如此的光怪陸離、荒唐,可以讓人痛心,也可以令人振奮和充滿希望。

  讓我從近日收到一個在網上流傳的「趣味」電郵開始:電郵內容只有一個網址,連結後就看到一家「著名」補習學校的廣告,包括一段僅逾半分鐘短片,三位所謂「老師」,扮鬼扮馬地硬銷自己,一看令人捧腹,但再想就令人心痛,然後憤怒。

  片段中第一位年輕女「老師」,古裝打扮,一口懶音,自稱「寫過」(沒說「出版」)會考天書,曾主考英語口試,「貼題無難度」,但字幕卻僅說她「獲邀」為該校「校內試英文科考試考官」,頗有誤導之嫌;難怪,從該校網上可觀看的貼士短片,此姝咬字不準,文法不通,竟以「I think the same as...」這種「中體西用」為例句起頭,簡直慘不忍睹。(可能她意思是「I agree...」)

可憐學生

  第二位男「老師」,在廣告片中扮演楚霸王,手執《中文祕笈》,可惜此君相貌真的「穿起龍袍也不像太子」,在校網的貼士短片中,「郁身郁勢」,狀甚輕佻。第三位男性「理科老師」,則扮作類似天使物體,自稱「預測試題命中率極高」。總之,這些市井之徒就是補習天皇、天后,足夠令學子趨之若鶩,家長願意奉獻鈔票,學生和家長連這樣貨色都「落搭」,我們有什話可以說?要找「警訊」幫忙嗎?

  有教育界人士和學生都對我證實,不少中學都會給學生壓力,甚至協助安排進入補習學校,但教育統籌局仍然視若無睹,任由此風增長,也許是害怕給學校老師更多壓力吧,總之有人搵銀,有人逃避;可憐的學生,除了讓人拿來爭取小班教學、增加教席之外,有多少人關心?當一個政府可以減少或取消一年賺取一萬元收入的大學生所得資助,我們還可以相信政府真的重視教育嗎?

仍有希望

  幸好,我今年開始為本港一家大學做mentor,成為我mentee的同學,讓我看見有水準、有心、有腦的香港下一代,仍然是有存在的。他以電郵與我分享了他另一位朋友對他的老師的一些感受:

  「令我感動的,是老師們的熱誠,即使他們中有些已經教了二十多年的書,但仍然鼓勵我們參加多些活動,甚至夜以繼日地,與我們一起學習和遊玩,但令我最感動的,是他們在這裏不止工作和教導、傳授知識,更重要的是老師在引領和鼓舞我們,讓我們在畢業後能貢獻社會。這正是教育的真諦:激勵靈魂。老師信任我們,但我們深知道,作為年輕人和社會一分子,要面對這信任和自由背後的責任……。」

  同學的朋友是在意大利留學的。同學說,真正的老師不應只教書,更應該激勵(inspire)學生,可惜多數的老師在課堂內教得不濟,在課堂外也不能激勵學生。不過,最後給我振奮的,就是這些懂事明理的學生,總算給社會留點希望。

刊載於《信報》2006年1月23日

1 Comments:

At 9:57 AM, Anonymous kinming said...

myth: stress is good, low-stress is bad; busy is good, leisure is bad. Not when you want to learn.

i have a child; i want him to be taught by teachers who have time to think, have time to observe, and not treat my child as a nut on the assembly line, instead of a human being.
i want teachers who are not so stressed that they cannot smile and enjoy class.

You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one ...

 

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