作为省重点毕业的学生，几度看到眼角湿润。如果早几年能看透，一定不会那么惧怕教师，惧怕体制。我们应该有基本的人权去做自己，如果早点能够明白，“即使不是最好也没有关系”，“即使让别人失望也不是十恶不赦”，“家长老师也是有缺陷的个体”，那可以称之为少年的几年就不会过得像熬过地狱。 最后Bohunt的headteacher Neil Strowger的总结传达了一个讯息，即“即使这次英国教育体系下的小孩输了这场竞赛，我依旧不会改变我们的教学方针，因为中式教育不是最好的途径的，即便它能拿到最高的分，我都不会愿意在我的学校实行这样的教育体系。” 对于片中参加实验的50个英国孩子来说，的确，这是他们人生中的一段“最奇特也最无法忘怀”的经历，他们可以选择接受，或者不接受，甚至嘲讽，不屑，因为1个月以后，他们可以安然回到英国教育体系的怀抱，这对他们来说是一段”experience“，一次体验，甚至一次家家酒，可是我们不同，我们没有选择，无论是不是能够做到这些的人，全部都要在这样的体制下践踏少年芳华苟延残喘，在重重压力之下几近窒息。 那些英国小孩说的一句句评论像一个个耳光甩在我脸上，“parents aren't always right","you should be who you are",即使我做的不好，即使没有做到最好，也并非是因为我懒惰，我不够努力，偷懒。我也许就是不适合这个领域，not made for this，难道这不是理由吗？并非是找借口，这难道不是更理性，比起三头六臂样样精通更现实的答案吗？ 为什么当初不知道这些？为什么从来没有问过自己，为什么个体主义就不对，就不好？现在长大了回头看，想问问那些所谓的“教育者”，个体主义到底哪里不好，哪里那么十恶不赦了？这样的（）会有结束的那一天吗？为什么从来都没有意识到过，我也是一个人，我也有权利做不好这些事，为什么我要接受你的侮辱谩骂冷嘲热讽，所以到现在，我又从这样的教育体制下得到了什么？现在回头看看，当初那些成绩特别优异的人，真的获得了比所谓的“后进生”更大的成就吗？结论是否定的，甚至是大多数在学校作威作福的尖子生，走进社会轻则是规规矩矩墨守成规，重则畏首畏尾如履薄冰，反倒是脑筋灵活的后进生，平步青云风生水起，懂得怎么做人。我发现了一个很有趣的规律，高中时候越是成绩好到出神入化的人里，就越容易出现我们所谓的“奇葩”，换句话说就是EQ过低，这些都是因果相称的，把所有精力都用在了学术上，完全不懂社交，不会与人交流，以至于走到任何地方都惹人嫌恶，但这样在这个大环境下就没有关系，即使完全不会social，只要学习好仍然是被赞许，表扬的对象，仍然是所有人需要学习的榜样，这是多么讽刺啊。 想起鲁迅的《风筝》，最可怕的是受了精神迫害的弟弟，已经人到中年却甚至都没有意识到自己曾经受到过迫害。
ps: Quotes 1. the blond kid: " Parents aren't always right!" 2. Angelina: "You should be who you are." 3. Josh: " It's just sort of a complete personality change, you can rebel against something, you can, you know, be different." 4. Neil Strowger ( the headteacher) : " I'm feeling quite irritated actually, that the students are being subjected to such a tedious diet. You got a teacher stood at the front, basically talking to a PowerPoint. I was in the room for 20 minutes, and I was ready to, you know, bang my head on the desk. So I have deepest deepest sympathy to some of those students " 5. Mr. Vaughn ( Head of School): "Dying a thousand deaths in the heat." 6. Neil Strowger: ( comments on he senses the chinese way's gonna fail) ... because if that is the way that we are going to have to teach, if that is the most successful way of teaching, (pause), then God help us. 7. Philippa: "If there is someone who is not very good at P.E., but then is very skilled in the academic side of things, like maths and English, I do think it would be unfair for them if they couldn't get into the top science and math colleges, just because they can't do sport." 8. Anna Hogg ( Bohunt P.E. teacher): "It's really hit home to me why we set students in P.E., but effectively, this, this chinese way, they're being told that their best isn't good enough (?) " 9. Rosie :" Oh yeah on my homework she wrote, ' could try harder', (pause) I got one thing wrong." 10. Rosie: " I miss having a social life so much. Like, the people you see in school... that's all your friends. Like, that is it, you can't have friends outside of school, you can, like, you barely even see your family." 11. Josh: " So in Bohunt, in social education, you are encouraged to form your own opinions, far more than in Chinese school. You are dictated at all the time. This is the typical of the Chinese lesson.You are TOLD these facts and they WILL be right, because it's come from a more authoritative position, so a teacher, then a headmaster, then government. I think the Chinese education system, it seems sort of like a industrial process to me. You get batches of really intelligent kids... who have the same work ethic. And I think it got its place, but I'm not sure if its place should be in England or not. I think I could really, yeah, really get high grades, if I just charged on and revised all the time, I wouldn't do it though, because it... is (sniff), like I say, not healthy. That's not what I want for myself." 12. Rosie: " It's really difficult to sit there and have to listen to people tell you what you find hard is easy, and you should get it, when you don't." 13. Neil Strowger: " We probably do need a longer day at school, but do we really want children work 15, 16 hours a day? That to me, doesn't really sound like childhood. That to me, sounds like almost prison. The Chinese school works with students who are already bright, who are already motivated. I'm not altogether surprised by that, because those are the students who would probably do really well despite the teaching, rather than because of the teaching. It does challenge the most able pupils, but does it do it in a nurturing way?"
最后一个小bonus - What's trigonometry for? Like why do we need to know these things?（也是我高中很纳闷儿的一个问题 ^ ^） - Triangles... stuff. - (another kid) why not? - I don't think we'd need it in life. I think they should be telling how to pay our taxes, and get job and stuff. - Get drunk. - And live.