大學個人申請第二階段於4月10日開跑,今年卻有41校318個系組,除了採計學測成績外僅參採書面資料審查。大學方表示,希望從自傳中看見個人性向、與報名系所的相關學經歷,學者李家同則表示,若是一位18歲高中畢業生,如何可能擁有相關經歷?從甄試制度中更能看出對偏鄉學生有多不利。

TAIPEI (The China Post) – The second phase of university application started on April 10 in which 318 departments of 41 schools started reviewing applications in addition to the score of the national entrance examination without any individual interviews. Contrary to all expectations, some schools said that the written materials would account for as high as 50 percent in the final review. Criticizing the new system, scholar R. C. T. Lee (李家同) said the rule is actually quite unfair for students from remote areas.

學者李家同於臉書表示,知道學校立場幾乎冒冷汗,「如果我是一個18歲才從高中畢業的學生,如何可能有財金相關經歷?我現在已經81歲,我仍然寫不出任何的財金經歷。我可以分享一件事,某偏遠地區學生去銀行參觀,事後學生問老師什麼叫股市崩盤?是真有盤子破了嗎?我們可以看出這種甄試的制度對於偏鄉的孩子多麼不利。」

Lee said that he is quite nervous and worried about the new system on Facebook. “Take finance as an example. How would an 18-year-old who just graduated from high school have finance-related experience? I’m 81 years old and I still don’t have any! I’ll tell you a story, a bunch of kids from remote areas visited the bank and asked their teacher afterwards why did the stock market crash? Was a plate broken (the two words are homophones in Chinese)? SO, you know where the problem lies,” he said

李家同談到,當年想讀台大電機系,但對電機一竅不通,唯一理由是想搞懂收音機訊號如何傳遞,但若放到現今時空下一定不會被錄取,因為看不出有什麼能力可以讀電機。

Lee further shared his personal experience and explained how he wanted to study Electrical Engineering at National Taiwan University, even though he knew nothing about it. The only reason he wanted to study electrical engineering was that he wanted to figure out how radio signals work. He was luckily admitted but if it were for now, he would not even be considered because he had no prior experience at all.

「高中生能夠懂得電機是怎麼回事嗎?我在這裡要警告所有的高中生,單單要了解收音機,就要學很多數學和物理。」

“Can a high-school student comprehend electrical engineering? I just want to warn high-school students that it requires much knowledge in math and physics to understand how the radio works.”

李家同隨即表示,不太相信有多少高中生知道電機和數學間的密切關係,除非父母知道,就可以將相關知識落實於備審資料上,審查老師看到必定覺得驚為天人、錄取率提升,但並非每個學生都有這種父母。

Lee also said that he doesn’t believe many high-school students understand the connection between math and electrical engineering. “Unless their parents know, and they can tell their kids how to describe it in writing. And the university professors will be like wow, you know, amazing. But the truth is not every child has this kind of parents,” sighed Lee.