An Unforgettable Day -by 莫愁
说明:最近美国有关部门向我征稿,便随心写了这篇英文文章。我想我们亚特兰大的广   大168读者均是中、英双语,而且很多也熟悉我文中所说的女儿莫莉(英文名为Patricia Ford) 和描述的事情(GHP),因此将此文在这儿转载同大家分享。           An Unforgettable D ...
作者: 莫愁 时间:2010-03-26 14:33 查看全文>>
笑微
23#发布于 2010-03-29 15:50:22

莫愁好文章, 好尝试! 谢谢分享!

预祝莫莉在比赛中取得好成绩!

---笑微

   
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22#发布于 2010-03-29 14:58:04
谢谢莫愁提供的信息。最好能单独发条消息,包括时间,地点,能否摄像,等等,以便有更多的摄影摄像爱好者参加拍摄。
   
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21#发布于 2010-03-29 11:27:22
"鼓勵莫莉申下半年請俺參加協會獎學金!" 这是中国话么?
   
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莫愁
20#发布于 2010-03-29 10:55:27

-- 18楼的玉山峰:你是说申请“玉山科协”的奖学金吗?我想,如果Patricia有时间的话,也许要她试试,她好象总是忙不过来似的,抽不出时间来写Essay,嗨。 不过非常谢谢你一直邀请她申请奖学金的事!你所参与的好多活动都极好,如“玉山科协”每年都鼓励优秀的青少年并发放奖学金,还有“美中教育基金会”,“北堂基督教会”等等都是为大家做大量好事善事的机构,代表大家谢谢你们的辛勤努力!

   
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莫愁
19#发布于 2010-03-29 10:37:02

-- 谢谢16楼户人的点评!户人是我们大家公认的博古通今、才华横溢的的绅士,很高兴你能对本文的主题--放手让孩子追求自己的梦想和特长有兴趣和认同并给予高度的评价!更要多多感谢你的对女儿的夸奖和鼓励!

-- 17楼的好摄:我想能拍照片也是极好的,记得上届比赛时你拍了好多极有动感和水准好照片。高中大孩子们的赛程是在下午300之后(Patricia的芭蕾舞是在340)。此外魏头也说去要求一下关于摄像的事。

--另外,先前在回12楼的提问时遗漏了一个问题:即入场是免费的。

   
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玉山峰
18#发布于 2010-03-29 08:08:54
鼓勵莫莉申下半年請俺參加協會獎學金!
   
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17#发布于 2010-03-28 09:50:57

谢谢莫愁。4月10号我会尽量争取去,但可能不会全天都在。我知道IDC允许拍照(不许用闪光灯),但不知能否摄像?

   
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户人
16#发布于 2010-03-28 05:27:47

祝贺茉莉和莫愁!

大多数亚特兰大的华人对茉莉对舞蹈的热爱和她在这方面的天赋都有目共睹。华人孩子在SAT上有好成绩的大有人在,但在跳舞方面能达到茉莉这种高水平、而且是自己喜爱的,在全美国都不会有太多人。她有这方面的梦想和能力,应该让她去追求自己的理想--无论最后是否成功。

-- 户人

   
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莫愁
15#发布于 2010-03-28 04:40:05

To3楼游客:

 

At first, I really appreciate your interests in my article, especially in the mainstream ideal that I tried to express!

 

You commentary is very impressive! I read it over twice. I would be very glad to discuss many of the critic points that you made on your review with you. However, I am very busy currently. I’ll discuss with you when I’ll have more leisure time.

 

Thank you again for revealing your deep point of views on educating our next generation!

 

 

   
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莫愁
14#发布于 2010-03-28 03:59:57

To12楼游客:

 

日期:4月10日星期六

地点:Gwinnett Civic Center, Performing Arts Center

地址:6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Georgia 30097,  Toll Free: 800-224-6422

时间:The competition will last the whole day. However the majority dances that our children will perform such as Ballet category will start after 3:00pm. The Folk Dances category will start after 7:00pm

 

If you'd like to know more details, pleas go to their web site at:

 

www.internationaldancechallenge.net

 

Note: The above information will be the regional competition in Atlanta location (it has about 15 locations). Then, the final competition will be held in July in New York and Orlando only the winners from the regional competition will attend

 

   
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13#发布于 2010-03-27 17:47:16
It's great to hear about parents (or anyone else, for that matter), being open-minded and willing to change their opinions. It certainly isn't easy for Chinese parents, when a child's success in mainland China has been and still is defined monolithically as academic achievement.

However, I do want to push the author of this piece to think more critically about whether she really has changed her mind as drastically as she thinks. At certain places in the article, it sounds uncomfortably like Ms. Mo has abandoned one model of success, academic competition, with another that simply allows for a broader range of competitions, without really questioning the flaws in the idea that that competition equals success.

In other words, it seems to me that Ms. Mo's acceptance of her daughter's passion for dance comes from its strategic importance in college admissions, rather than because of the value of dancing in itself. For example, Ms. Mo talks about GHP as a "prestigious" institution, how only the "top 0.1%" of Georgia students are accepted, and how it will be "considered for college admission[s]"; only then do the words of her new friend begin to "mak[e] sense." 

I would encourage Ms. Mo, who has already taken such a huge step toward understanding and appreciating her daughter's passion for dance, to think even more about what it means for her daughter to lead a good life and be "successful." Competition only takes you so far; there's no point in being in the top 0.1% of anything, whether it's academics or dance or underwater basket weaving, if this pursuit doesn't lend you happiness. Conversely, there's no reason why a person who enjoys a pursuit as innocuous as dance should not pursue it even if she isn't a top dancer. Dancing can be a wonderful pursuit for many reasons --- love of exercise, a chance for creative expression & artistry, a chance to practice discipline --- none of which are necessarily connected with prestigiousness or college admissions. 

To be fair, there's a lot of wonderful and touching language in the piece: Ms. Mo talks about her daughter's "dedication, time and commitment"; how GHP is "wonderful opportunity" and "unforgettable experience." Dedication, time, and commitment and good reasons to be proud of your child. And GHP is both a wonderful opportunity and unforgettable experience. But it has nothing to do with its strategic value in college admissions. The value comes from being able to spend time doing what you love, and being coached to learn how to do it even better. And perhaps more importantly, from the social learning that takes place to help teenagers learn to how to navigate adult relationships and life. 

More broadly, Ms. Mo doesn't seem to question that admission into a prestigious college is the most important goal in her daughter's life. (For example, she says her daughter will still "find time for SATs," and again, a major part of her change in mind in allowing her daughter to attend GHP seems to come from her realization that colleges like students with extracurricular talent.) But perhaps it's possible to see dancing not as a  stepping-stone into a prestigious college, but rather recognize it as an example of how one's passions and life goals can be take many forms. Having dancing as part of your life can be an end goal, whether or not you're good at it, and whether or not it matters for college admissions.  

In fact, I firmly believe that it shouldn't be every child's dream to attend Harvard, Stanford, Yale or MIT, especially when you already have an idea of what you want your life to look like. Perhaps your idea of the good life is to live close to home, and you want to get a nursing degree at an in-state institution; or you want to learn forestry at Oregon State. These, and infinite others, are reasons not to go to the aforementioned colleges. 

For me, a good life is one that has a balance of leisure time and work, deep relationships with family and friends, and fulfilling work that harmonizes with my moral compass and makes what I define as a positive impact on the world. As the parent of a teenager, then, I would hope to instill the qualities and values --- determination, optimism, self-awareness, a strong sense of morality, among others --- that allows my child to reach his or her own good life.

Of course, financial security is important, and I understand that many Chinese parents' anxieties regarding SAT and college admissions center around their desire for their children to have financial security. But I want to separate financial security from the amassing of wealth, which is just yet another form of competition, and certainly not guaranteed to lead to happiness. It's not necessary to be a doctor, lawyer, engineer or Harvard graduate to have financial security; and in fact being in these very demanding careers when it isn't your dream to do so can be very spiritually draining. 

In conclusion, I applaud Ms. Mo's ability to be open-minded about GHP. I hope that she realizes its manifold benefits unrelated to its strategic value in college admissions, and hope that she does indeed continue to support her daughter and encourage her to follow her dreams, where ever those dreams may lead, and even if those dreams don't follow conventionally Chinese notions of success. 

   
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12#发布于 2010-03-27 10:45:26

'孩子们4月10日又将在Gwinnett Center 参加舞蹈比赛,今年莫莉也将参加'

能否详细介绍一下,时间,地点,是否要门票?若要,多少钱?谢了!

   
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莫愁
11#发布于 2010-03-27 07:43:35

多多感谢楼下各位的恭贺和美言!你们的友好使我深感温馨!我还特别感谢你们在忙碌之中花时间阅读我沉长的文章:

─ 5楼知足新笔友:想必你的女儿也参加过GHP夏令营,我也越来越加深了对GHP的了解,的确是孩子们多年的努力和美国政府对教育的投资而获得的“天上馅儿饼”,我绝对不会犯傻去阻拦了,多谢你的支持!

─ 6楼的好摄好友:多谢你多年来对莫莉的称赞和帮助!你的优秀女儿一直是我们大家赞扬和让孩子们学习的榜样,也谢谢你的祝贺和GHP的信息!更谢谢你的众多好录像和照片!孩子们4月10日又将在Gwinnett Center 参加舞蹈比赛,今年莫莉也将参加,你会有时间去的吗?

─ 7楼读者:我自己也觉得文章庸长,每次读来又发现有错误和可以改进的地方,待日后有空时再改进吧。

─ 8楼的小草好友:谢谢你的喝彩和祝贺!你对小女的一贯夸奖和赏识也一直是我自鸣得意的基础之一,回想女儿一转眼将成为大人,的确很怀念她儿时的年景,谢谢你的分享和称赞!

─ 9楼读者:谢谢你的仔细阅读,鼓励和赞赏!也谢谢你对Patricia的祝贺!

─ 10楼的尘沙:你说的对极了,在正确地教育孩子方面,"支持和鼓励是关键"(support and encourage that is the key)。 也多谢你对女儿和我本人的夸奖!这些话语使我倍感亲切!

   
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10#发布于 2010-03-27 04:19:55

support  and encourage that is the key.

 

祝贺莫愁和茉莉!优秀的母女俩!

   
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9#发布于 2010-03-27 04:10:38

文章写得很好,主体思想明确,思维转变过程详尽,文中有些地方很生动,喜欢这一句“I am no longer the rock-solid scholastic enforcer that I had been for so much of my daughter's life”莫愁正在克服我们很多中国父母们对孩子们专制的所作所为。特别喜欢结尾“Like a small bird taking its first flight, my daughter left the nest! ”太精彩了!

祝贺Patricia被选进GHP!的确相当难得。

   
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8#发布于 2010-03-27 03:40:58
一字不差地读完全文,为慈母莫愁的文章和漂亮女儿的舞蹈喝彩,祝贺茉莉通过GHP! 她小时候的那张照片太CUTE了!
   
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7#发布于 2010-03-26 18:26:36
还是英文写作用中文思维,需要好好练习文法。需要简洁的地方太多了。是一个好的开始,下次会更好。
   
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6#发布于 2010-03-26 17:44:38

祝贺莫愁和茉莉! 实际上,参加GHP可学到许多平时在学校学不到的东西,增强自信心和竞争力。能参加GHP本身也是一种奖励,对申请大学也有帮助。所以,十年级和十一年级的高中生都应努力争取参加GHP。有关GHP的详细信息可到以下网站查找:

http://admin.doe.k12.ga.us/gadoe/blogs/ghpblog.nsf/DailyBlog

http://admin.doe.k12.ga.us/gadoe/blogs/ghpblog.nsf/2/CBRE-83WH72/$File/2010GHPFinalistsPub.pdf

   
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5#发布于 2010-03-26 16:26:59
祝贺茉莉考入GHP,很不容易,莫愁千万别拖后腿!GHP是一个声誉很好的夏令营,全州各方面优秀的孩子聚在一起,主科之外,还可选一副科,安排很多有趣的活动,还不用家长掏一分钱,真赶上天上掉馅儿饼了。这是我女儿对GHP的评价:渡过了她整个高中阶段最快乐的时光。
   
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莫愁
4#发布于 2010-03-26 16:18:03

多谢1楼卞人理解了我思想的转变过程,首先说明卞人认真地读完了我庸长的文章,此外,也多谢你的对小女的美好期望!

非常感谢2楼双歧杆菌学友的祝贺!

也谢谢3楼的搭错车喜欢我的文章!

   
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