眼神的暴力

上週看到《中國時報》的〈18分 有那麼好笑嗎?〉一文,思緒良多。其實在臺灣,輿論暴力又何止18分的暴力?我是來臺升學數年的馬來西亞僑生,對臺灣教育現狀有些愚見,我知道自己無權批評,我但求爲不會考試、不想被逼著上研究所的臺灣朋友講幾句話。

臺灣高等教育普及,大學生隨處可見,碩士生人數亦節節上升,「萬般皆下品,唯有讀書高」的傳統觀念,可見一斑。記得剛上大學時,教授、學長姐都在宣揚「上研究所才有競爭力」的觀念,我在懵懵懂懂的情況之下也覺得「我要上研究所,才會有競爭力」。但是當我慢慢深入瞭解之後,我發現很多臺灣朋友不是爲了做學問而上研究所,而是爲了畢業後的起薪可以多幾千元新臺幣,甚至是爲了逃避現實之後,我就知道「上研究所,才有競爭力」是一個迷思。之後每當別人詢問我是否要報考研究所時,我一定回答:「不了,謝謝。」結果很多學長姐就會一臉迷惑地看著我說:「你不想唸了?拿著大學學位很沒有競爭力耶!」又是「有競爭力」的標籤。考不上研究所的學長姐,被教授追問時,總會覺得不好意思,老是被教授關懷一番:「喔,那你/妳要加油啊!某某同學已經考上某某研究所了,他/她真的很優秀。」又來一個「很優秀」的標籤。
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仿擬劉禹錫〈陋室銘〉(Dedicated to Ronaldinho)


Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/mar/24/england-success-ronaldinho-pele

男不重帥,球技揚名。女不重貌,氣質顯靈。
貌雖甚寢,苦練成將。批甲上球場,穿遍五指山。
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Dissolving The Single-Usage Theory (C3 Speech, Taipei Grand Toastmasters, 21 Dec 2006)

“What is the blind spot of working hard to achieve good academic performances all the way from primary school to university?” this was the question regarding educational purpose which was raised by my professor of Educational Philosophy.
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How to Live a Happy Life (C2 Speech, Taipei Grand Toastmasters, Nov 2006)

Can you imagine what can you do with this one US Dollar? According to BBC news website, there are more than 300 million people in sub-Saharan Africa living on less than $1 a day.
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The Most Convincing Reasons for Monkeys to Eat Bananas (C5 speech, Taipei Grand Toastmasters, March 2007)

Can you think of the most convincing reasons for monkeys to eat bananas? Bananas are easy to hold and would not easily slip away. Yellow is monkeys’ favourite colour. Monkeys have bad teeth and they can only eat soft food like bananas. These reasons may be correct from human beings’ perspective.
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Doomsday 末日 (Written in April 2006)

“I wonder if it is the end of the world when we wake up tomorrow,” she whispered in my ears when I held her in my arms. “Honey, we could only pray that things will improve soon,” I replied with my warmest tone of voice. When I looked into her beautiful eyes, which were full of tears, I felt like I wanted to stare into them forever, as if the adorable eyes of hers would allow both of us to swim in, when the temperature reached minus 20℃ in Hong Kong.
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Pretentious

I want to leave this country as soon as possible and start my life all over again in a place which nobody knows me. The more I am to face the pretence of the people around me, the more likely I will be disappointed in human instinct. I have been suffering so much for being able to see through human nature. Human beings are basically pretentious, and I am no exception.
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Where is Our Trump Card? (New Straits Times 18 October 2006)

Lately the educational ministry has announced that the ministry will introduce Mandarin classes in National Schools (Sekolah Kebangsaan), in order to enhance the students’ language competitiveness in the rapidly changing global market in the 21st century. Credits should be given to the ministry’s global perspective, and I believe that every Malaysian is really forward to this new policy to succeed in our lovely multicultural and multilingual country because every language that Malaysians learn is an asset to the country.
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