[Confucian Values vs. Lectures] 【儒家思想及講學】

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[Confucian Values vs. Lectures]

By: Jacobus DU PLESSIS (HSBC Prosperity Hall)

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Respect for authority is one of the central values of Confucian philosophy. However, to what extent is it healthy for a college education system to adopt such an absolute respect for authority? Does it extend to the point where a student can’t question a lecturer who very evidently has made a mistake in their lecturer or even just disagreeing with a professor on a moot point in your subject?

From my personal experience studying Hong Kong an absolute respect for authority sometimes prevents the free-flow debate and critical thinking which is required in a college environment. However, upon a closer look it becomes readily apparent that the words “absolute respect” and “collegiality” (derived from the word “college” a synonym for “university”) are inherently contradictory. As students at a college or university the standard teacher-student relationship experienced in high school has fallen away, instead at college we are all colleagues. That’s right your professor is your colleague in the pursuit of academic knowledge.

Now, what are the consequences of this? Simply put, this means that our questioning of our professors and critical thinking is not hindering their work, but in fact, assists them and ourselves in the pursuit of academic excellence. If anything, it is our duty as colleagues to assist our lecturers and ourselves through critically examining what we are taught and addressing our views to our lecturers. If you do this what you’ll find is not only are Confucian values not opposed to the collegial system, but is in actual fact directly supportive of it.

 

【儒家思想及講學】

文: Jacobus DU PLESSIS (滙豐業昕堂)

譯: 楊雅怡 (賽馬會群智堂)

圖: res.heraldm.com

尊重權威是儒家思想中的其中一個核心價值。然而,大專程度的教育體制採取此等絕對尊重權威的方針是否健康呢?絕對尊重權威又代不代表學生不能質疑講師犯的明顯錯誤,甚至只是在尚待討論的問題上不同意你的教授呢?

以我個人經驗來看,在港上學對權威抱著絕對尊重有時會妨礙在大學環境所需要的自由辯論和批判思維。可是,仔細研究,顯而易見的,「絕對尊重」和「共事合議」(衍生自「university」的近義詞「college」)本質是對立的。高中的統一師生關係不適用於大專院校;在大學,大家都是同事,齊齊朝著追求學術知識的方向前進。沒錯,你的教授亦然

那麼,這會有什麼後果?簡單地說,這意味著我們質疑教授和批判性思維,並不妨礙他們的工作;事實上,反能幫助雙方獲得學術成就。如果有的話,作為同事,這是我們的職責審慎地查閱講學內容,向講師表達己見以助己助人。這樣做,你不僅會發現儒家哲學與合議制度並非水火不容,反之,前者實際上唱和後者。

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