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Thursday 13-Feb-2020
【教育王國】英國有冇Top School?

新一年剛開始,最近有一些媽咪困惑地問我:「我聽見坊間傳言,有英國的Top School可在香港招生,到底哪幾家是Top School呢?」

親愛的媽咪們,這個問題怎樣回答?譬如香港的地產市場,何謂Top級的豪宅?在地理上來說,港島的山頂是Top級,而山頂種植道又比山頂道更Top,卻又不等於種植道的豪宅一定貴過山頂道。

又譬如一條山頂道,另一條是舊山頂道。單聽名字當然是新勝於舊啦,那麼是否等於山頂道的豪宅Top過舊山頂道呢?不過舊山頂道一號,是武俠小說大師金庸以前的著名靚屋,後來賣給「重慶李嘉誠」的傳奇內地富豪。論知名度,又是舊山頂一號Top過山頂道、盧吉道、種植道任何冧把,這又如何解釋?

英國有沒有Top School?我認為是沒有。根據網絡幾個英國寄宿學校排名榜有幾條龍:全英高考成績A*/A最高寄宿學校、全英高考成績平均數最優寄宿學校、全英GCSE會考成績最佳寄宿學校、全英學生增值率最強寄宿學校。不能說高考成績那條龍排名第一的,一定Top過會考成績排名第三那家。

最為香港和中國家長所知的英國寄宿學校,又非伊頓和哈羅莫屬。如果鬥Top,八成家長都認為伊頓Top過哈羅,但伊頓最近卻被爆出校內考試作弊醜聞。

雖然伊頓公學出產過最多英國首相,但前首相卡梅隆、前財政大臣歐思邦,以及被傳準備篡謀相位的前外交大臣約翰遜,三個都是伊頓畢業生並直升牛津,但這三個Top 人十年來被英國各階層輿論罵得最狗血淋頭的政客。卡梅隆退歐公投判斷錯誤,輸掉了英國的政治前途以及他個人事業。歐思邦被認為是他的「契細佬」,沒有得做財相,退居做倫敦一份過氣晚報的總編輯。至於約翰遜則更不消提,被指為向文翠珊背後插刀,在英國被到嚴重的咀咒(Sorry林作兄,我知道約翰遜在你心中是第一天皇偶像)。所謂Top School出產的卻是英國政界Top級的爛人。

若以考入牛津橋劍和倫敦大學帝國學院比率排名,則全英國最Top幾家卻是只有七十歷史的「協和書院」(Concord College)、印度人一度做校長的Cardiff Sixth Form College,還有TVB綜藝節目天王級主持人森美的兒子就讀的布萊頓書院(Brighton College)。這幾家都不是哈羅或伊頓,而且亞洲學生的比例嚴重出超,亦即香港家長如前往探訪,會以為自己置身於香港九龍塘的喇沙或拔萃。

邱吉爾畢業的桑打士軍校卻不見名列任何私校排行榜,因為桑打士形同英國的West Point,你可以說根本「不入流」,其實英國許多Top級企業年年練習生,不成文的規舉是優先會見桑打士軍校的畢業生而不是牛津劍橋。這家軍校不輕易收英國國籍以外的精英學生,不論考幾多個A*或父親願意捐幾多錢。

英國私校的優劣排名只是參考之一。排名高的不一定適合香港學生,即使適合也不一定令你的子女快樂。因為不同的寄宿學校有不同的風格和性格。我認識的一位香港優材生,幾年前入讀英國老牌名校Shrewsbury,但一年不夠就覺得不適應,主動轉校,到了另一家並無參與排名的Monkton Combe,這間學校規模很小,學生只有幾百,在荒山野嶺,結果這位香港學生考進了牛津讀電子工程。

因此我只信世界上的Top Model榜。最Top的那個叫做Gisele Bündchen年入三千萬美元,第二位Adriana Lima年入一千五百萬美元,兩者相差二千萬。

這兩個有美國稅局證實的交稅數字,稱為Top Model無可置疑,因為標準明確,正如香港和亞洲的民間首富,即沒有官方資本由他代理、做白手套或替一個國家的資金泊碼頭的,一貫只有眾所周知的一個人。

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