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发表于 2010-5-1 16:28 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
文章内容How Harvard came calling
A Chinese high school student is more likely to be trampled by a water buffalo than to matriculate at Harvard. Out of the 6 million mainlanders who graduated in 2001, just two got into the prestigious U.S. University. The odds are dispiriting, to say the least, and Chinese parents who dream of an ivy league education for their offspring are hungry for any insights that can help them shave the spread. They are finding plenty of inspiration in the story of Liu Yiting, a schoolgirl from the Sichuan provincial capital of Chengdu.
Four years ago, Yiting received an acceptance letter from Harvard university, along with a note offering her a full scholarship. To find out how this feat was accomplished, some 3 million Chinese have bought copies of Harvard girl, an upsparing do-it-yourself book written by Yiting’s parents, Zhang Xinwu and Liu Weihua. The book’s central theme is very appealing: correctly reared, any child can become if not a prodigy then at least a candidate for a top-notch school.
But the rigorous discipline and sacrifices involved in raising an overachiever are not for the faint of heart. The authors of Harvard Girl took their cues from the teachings of Carl Weter, an 18th century German priest whose advocacy of an aggressively proactive parenting approach was years ahead of its time. Weter’s theories on raising smart kids helped his son learn six languages by age 9 and earn two doctorates by 16. During her pregnancy, weihua---whose own educational aspirations were shattered by the Cultural Revolution---read a book outlining weter’s methods and decided to put them into action with her own baby.
While the importance of learning is a given in the west, the concept is unfamiliar in china. “a lot of Chinese parents just let their kids play until they’re six, ” explains father Zhang. Yiting’s parents started their daughter’s education when she was 15 days old. She received massages to stimulate her senses, and relatives were drafted to talk nonstop during the infant’s every waking hour--- a verbal barrage “crucial to developing IO,” claims weihua.
In urban china, where families are allowed but one offspring, single children are often spoiled. Not so for little Yiting. Regular meal times were enforced, and snacks--- the digestion of which, the parents feared, would divert blood from her brain---were verboten. By age 3, Yiting was doing household chores. When she sassed, she was made to write lengthy explanations of her behavior in a diary. When she had difficulty with calculation, she copied numbers from the chengdu phone book. “if we wanted liu Yiting to grow up to be an exceptional person,” write her parents, “she would have to be able to withstand great psychological pressures and physical trials.” So Yiting was assigned character-building tasks such as long-distance swims and holding an ice cube until her hand turned purple.
There is a saying in china that goes, “academic success will give you a house with a golden roof and a spouse as pure as jade.” No wonder Harvard girl, despite its martial overtones, struck a popular chord. And what of the book’s protagonist? While she might bridle at the sight of an ice cube, Yiting, who is starting her final semester in applied math and economics, says she is grateful for her parents’ role in her final semester in applied math and economics, says she is grateful for her parents’ role in her early education. “Did it make me their puppet?” she asks. “The answer has to be no. I’m pretty goal-oriented because of them. My parents gave me the ability to create my own life and be happy.” And to beat the odds.
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发表于 2010-5-1 16:48 | 显示全部楼层
那个GOOGLE的网站有翻译的东西,还满好用的
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发表于 2010-5-1 17:08 | 显示全部楼层
怎样进入哈佛?
中国高中学生是可能哈佛由录取入学的。在2001年,毕业的6百万中国大陆学生中,仅仅有两成二进入有名望的美国大学。
他们从四川的省会成都的一位女小学生刘亦婷的故事中得到大量启发
四年前, 刘亦婷收到了从哈佛大学寄来的录取信, 以及一笔提供给她的充分的奖学金。
由于想知道她是怎么成功的, 大约有3 百万中国人买《哈佛女孩》一本由刘亦婷的父母张心武 和刘伟华写的书,自己动手“拷贝”来教育培养自己的孩子。
书的主题是非常吸引人的: 正确地抚养, 如果不是奇迹任何一个孩子都能成为,至少是一名一所第一流学校候选人。
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发表于 2011-5-15 12:29 | 显示全部楼层
很难的文章。需要时间。。
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恩,也能锻炼人啊~
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突出贡献奖解答高手英语达人

发表于 2011-5-21 19:11 | 显示全部楼层
本帖最后由 xiaoliu26 于 2011-5-21 19:29 编辑

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由于文学水平有限,所以可能会出现用词不恰当现象,请见谅。

什么让哈佛抛出了橄榄枝

对于中国高中学生而言,被哈佛大学录取的机率比被水牛踩踏的机率还要低。在2001年毕业的600万大陆毕业生中只有两名进入了美国著名大学。这个数字是令人沮丧的,至少可以说,抱着让自己后代能受到常春藤学府教育梦想中的中国家长父母迫切的寻觅任何能帮助他们实现梦想的方法。他们从一位来自四川省成都女学生刘亦婷的故事中得到了很多启发。
四年前,亦婷获哈佛大学的录取通知书,以及全额奖学金。为了解这一壮举是如何完成的,大约300万人买了《哈佛女孩》,这本记载毫不留情的亲历亲为书,由亦婷的父母(张欣武和刘卫华)所著。该书的中心主题非常有吸引力:正确饲养即使不能让所有孩子都能成为神童,也至少可以被顶尖学校录取。
但是要培养有所作为的人会包括严格的纪律和牺牲,是不适合心脏虚弱的人的。哈佛女孩的作者从《卡尔威特的教育》中找到了线索,他是18世纪德国的祭司,倡导一种积极主动的养育方法,这一理论领先于那个时代,教导他们的线索。威特关于培养聪明的孩子的理论帮助他的儿子在9岁时学会了六种语言和在16岁时获得了两个博士学位。怀孕她期间,卫华(她的求学愿望在文化革命中破灭)---读到了威特理论,并决定付诸行动用在培养自己孩子。
西方人的早期教育的重要性的教育概念并不被中国人所熟知。刘亦婷的父亲解释说:“大多数中国父母在孩子到六岁以前放任他们玩耍。”而亦婷的父母开始了他们的女儿的教育在她只有15天大时。她通过她的感官接收到了各种信息,亲戚们会在她醒着的任何时候不断地和她说话。刘卫华说:“语言是开发孩子智商的关键因素。”。
在中国城市,每个家庭只被允许有一个后代,独生子女往往都被宠坏了。但亦婷小时候并没得到这样的待遇。用餐时间是有限制的,零食是被禁止的,因为父母担心消化它们会影响对大脑的供血。 到了3岁时,亦婷已经开始学着做家务了。当她与大人顶嘴时,她必须在她的日记中为他的行为作出深刻的检讨。当她在计算方面有障碍时,就让她抄写成都电话簿上的号码。刘亦婷父母写道:“如果我们想刘亦婷成长成为一个出色的人,她就必须能够承受巨大的心理压力和肉体的考验。” 所以为了塑造亦婷的性格设定了任务,例如经常进行长距离的游泳和用手握着冰块直到手变紫。

中国古语有云:“书中自有黄金屋,书中自有颜如玉。”难怪《哈佛女孩》,尽管带有高压政策的意味,却得到了普遍的共鸣。而书中主角呢?虽然她可能看到冰块时会有些抵触,但亦婷已经是应用数学和经济学最后一个学期的学生了,她说她很感激她父母在 她应用数学和经济学课程最后一个学期时扮演的角色,她也非常感激她父母在她的早期教育时扮演的角色。 “难道这样使我变成了傀儡了吗?”她问道。 “答案是否定的。因为他们,我变得很有目标。我的父母给了我创造自己的生活和快乐的能力。”让获得成功变成可能。

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