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為什麼在岳明國小成立LEAP

Updated: Jan 29, 2019



我對填鴨式思想非常反感。我知道一個死讀書的人的生活是怎麼樣: 生活動力完全來自把知識塞進腦袋後獲得的稱讚,再認分地複製貼上所學以得到好成績。


填鴨式思想帶我進入頂尖學校和最好的工作。但我不喜歡的是它完全與自身的活力相背。它教你要符合外在的期待,根據狹隘觀念下的效率及成就設定你,你因此與本身的創造力脫節。


填鴨式思想表面上看起來受益良多。但實質上它讓你產生挫折感。我總覺得內心深處有我的個人特色,但卻遙不可及,因此我永遠不能體會我的個人特色到底是什麼。


我最感興趣的就是青少年族群,因為這是一個在追求個人意識與尋求外在獎勵之間關係特別緊張的階段。我在這個階段時,我的自我認同是 ⌜當學校的風雲人物⌟ 。但也是在此時,為了保持自我認同的完整性,我開始隱瞞朋友我爸爸是農夫的事實。總而言之,這個階段我漸漸開始害怕做真正的自己,及害怕自己被拒絕。這份恐懼壓抑了我的創造力。


過去的這兩年,透過我和朋友舉辦的藝術/ 大地/ 科技工作坊,我發現了另一種學習環境的可能性。我在這個工作坊遇見了一群極為優秀的人。同時,我們大家都肯定智慧只有在與人類情緒和感受緊密結合時,才能真正地指引我們:即使我們探討的是抽象的社會議題,我們都能夠與生活緊密地結合。


以人性為基礎使大家聚集在一起是一件容易的事,但很難用語言來表達,因為它只能親自體驗。我想將這些人性的特殊經驗與更多的人分享。更者,我期待社會把教育看成是一種人性的體驗。


透過LEAP,我希望青少年有機會體驗一個不同的環境:一個不受外在標準強制,也不是被迫做出⌜正確⌟的行為才能被認同的避風港。取而代之的是賦予他們找到內在的動力,讓他們的表達能被聽見、被發掘和被信任- 創造統一性:自己與他人觀感間的和諧。


但這一切還得提及我對台灣的愛才算完整。填鴨式思想在大部分的亞洲國家的確很普及,但我成立LEAP的原因是,我擔心台灣年輕人不認識他們本身能貢獻的寶貴才能。台灣擁有獨一無二的價值,我在我們學生身上看到了。所以我不希望LEAP淪為一個協助台灣學生⌜跟上⌟西方國家設立的外在標準的機構。我反而希望台灣年輕人認識自己 ,相信他們內心的聲音,並且知道不論世界說什麼,他們都有存在的價值。我選擇在台灣的一個傳統小村子舉辦LEAP,也是為了代表這個概念。選擇一個典型台灣的鄉村,這表示我們可以讓它轉變得更加不可思議。這就是黃校長在岳明新村做的事。我要參與。


立穠



台法混血背景的立穠是一位社會創業家。立穠曾獲得獎學金在牛津大學攻讀公共政策和教育政策。立穠之前在蒙特梭利學校實習過,今年得到華德福教育學培訓的機會,同時也與劍橋的一位神經科學家研究教育神經科學。這之前,立穠也曾是紐約谷歌前執行長施密特的私人策略團隊的一員。


照片: 立穠與父親 - Credit to CN flowers


I have a problem with the cram mentality. I know what it is to be a crammer: to succeed, to live, to be praised for having crammed and to have a life driven by the praise for having stuffed facts into my head and dutifully reproduced them to get good grades.

The cram mentality got me to the best schools and the best jobs. But my problem with it is that it is profoundly violent against the vitality inside of you. All it does is make you adapt to the desires of the outside, programming you according to narrow-minded notions of efficiency and achievement, and as a result, making you lose touch with the creativity within you.


The cram system was rewarding on the outside. But on the inside, it created a frustration. I constantly felt that there was something special about my individuality in there, but it was something I could never reach, and therefore, something I could never appreciate.


I am particularly interested in teenage-hood and young adulthood because is a time where the tension between the quest for individuality and the need for external rewards grows stronger. It is during this time that “being a good student” or “being the cool kid in school” became part of my identity. But it is also the time where I started hiding from my friends that my dad was a farmer, for example. In sum, it is the time where I developed the fear of being myself, and fear of being rejected for who I was. This fear choked my creativity.


In the past two years, I discovered the possibility of a different learning environment through an initiative that my friends and I called Art/Earth/Tech. Art/Earth/Tech is a space where some of the most brilliant people I have met in my life come together. But it is also a space where we consider that the intellect is a tool that only guides us well when intimately connected with human emotions and feelings. It is a place where we all cooperate to feel in contact with life even while giving talks on abstract societal issues.

Bringing people together in their humanity is very simple but also difficult to put into words because it cannot be crammed - it can only be experienced. I want to bring these human experiences to others. Beyond that, I want an education system that considers education as a human experience above all.


With the LEAP, I want to imagine a different environment for teenagers and young adults: a refuge where they are not driven by external standards or pushed to produce the “correct” behaviour required for approval. Instead, the LEAP is a space for them to be driven by what is within, and for the expression that results to be heard, discovered and trusted - creating a unity and no conflict between themselves and others’ perceptions.


But all this would be incomplete without mentioning my love for Taiwan. Obviously, the cram mentality is very persistent in large parts of Asia, but I am concerned that it gets the Taiwanese youth out of touch with the precious thing they can offer. Taiwan has something very special and unique to express - and although I don’t have any words for it, I saw it  in our students. I don’t want The LEAP to be some self-expression program aimed at helping Taiwanese student  “catch up” with external standards set by the West. Instead, I want it to be about young Taiwanese people knowing who they are, trusting their inner voices, and knowing that they exist no matter what the world says.

And, I chose to host The LEAP in a traditional village in Taiwan to convey this idea. Choosing a traditional Taiwanese village, and showing that can make it extra-ordinary. This is what director Huang is already doing in Yue Ming village. I want to join.


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