Saturday, 25 September 2010

選學校篇.國際 vs 直資學校

最近因為要為M升中學張羅,不時與朋友同事討論選校問題。

國際學校

不單止貴,S接觸到的實例是,學生質素兩極化。本身屬於“高班馬”的,往往因為自由又正面的學習環境,潛能通常得到比在全統學校更好的發揮;然而如果學生本身的質素只是一般甚至是低於一般的,基本上除了懂得講得一口流利英語外,其他方面通常不甚了了。雖然現時有些國際學校也標榜有中文科(普通話),但暫時未見過普通話說得好的,莫說閱讀能力了。S甚至見過例子,錢花了,最後不想往外地,在香港又“追不上”。

還有一個S覺得的古怪現象,就是大部份(雖然不是全部)從小便唸國際學校的,就算一直在港生活,他們也不太似香港人,長大了如打算繼續留港生活,總是有點格格不入丶難以溶入本地生活似的。S就曾在到瑞士出差時,遇上一個從香港去的年輕 part-time waitress(嘻嘻!其實當時S也年輕耶),他鄉遇故知,她興致勃勃對S說廣東話,S一點也聽不明,最後還是轉回英文台算了。類似的例子實在太多,不能盡錄。

直資學校

良莠不齊,一批是傳統名校,就算有幸擠進場,壓力比起一般官津名校,有過之而無不及,成績只要稍為落後,自信心大受大擊之餘,也許還要謀定後路。而這類學校,對家長的要求也不低,父或母一方最好有心理準備要花上大量精力,甚至最好全職照顧孩子,而在華人仍佔絕大部份的這裡,這個期望通常落在母親身上!

另一類直資,不少是新興學校,沒什麼“業績”作為參考,大部份標榜自由教學和語文。這些學校最大的好處,當然是壓力沒那麼大,但這是否絕對的好處,S不敢妄下定論。只不過,如果橫豎準備讓孩子未來往外地升學的話,攪好語文和思考能力,要進不太爛的外地大學,應該足夠,但如想進頂級大學或 Ivy League 則另作別論。

另外,有些直資/私校*(暫時好像只是極少部份)是考 IB 課程的,為未來往外地升學“鋪路”。而唸 IB 課程另一好處是,未來如想“轉軚”報讀本地大學,不用參加聯招,而可以和外地生一樣,同時報讀在港的所有大學。S兩年前曾遇過一個在科大唸書的回流港生,A Level 是在英國留學,以外地生身份報讀,結果被港大丶中大丶和科大三家同時取錄,當然他的成績非常不錯,小時在港也曾唸過國際學校(小學,中學轉回本地名校),他以第一身的感受告訴S,今時今日,最大的遺憾是中文能力不好(嘻嘻!成長於值民地年代的S也身同感受),尤其是面對國內生的競爭。

*註:S對私校和直資的分別沒有深入研究,只知道私校完全不受政府資助,教學方法理論上完全自主;而直資應該有某程度上的政府資助,但教學方法也有極大自由度。

至於官津學校,網上有大量資料,甚至有個別學校的“討論區”和“分析”,有機會的話才把想法的撮要分享。

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

So which is a better way to get into the Ivies?

SKII said...

There is no 'one size fits all' better way. It all depends on the kid's character and in a way the parent's affordability.

One of my friend's elder son is studying IB in a 直資學校,but she's never rule out the chance of her younger son going to 傳統學校,simply because the 2 boys have very different characters.

sfong15 said...

IB is very expensive as far as I know, at least it's not affordable in my boy's secondary school. Also switching back is a problem (time and cost) if you find it too hard for your son.

Anonymous said...

I have always wondered, is the hype of getting into those privileged schools in HK really worth it?

What is the % of students getting into Ivies historically? Has anyone done any research before sending the kids to these privileged schools? Or is it just as usual - HK people riding the hype without examining the real facts behind?

SKII said...

sfong, the IB course is not only expensive, it's quite difficult indeed. This is why my friend would not just let her younger son follow her elder son blindly as she noted the younger one is not as independent / smart as her elder son.

Anonymous, I can't speak for HK people and do not have official statistic. But I noted that lots of people letting their kids go to those privileged school just take it as "身份嘅象徵”,反正他們花得起(I assume you read Chinese as you did understand my blog). ^_^

Anonymous said...

SKII,

Your answered didn't surprise me. It's the equivalent of having a LV bag or buying those so-called "pseudo-expensive apartments".

Yeah, I can read Chinese.

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