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Kids andCulture Don't Always Mix(中考阅读)  

2014-04-29 21:24:06|  分类: 中考阅读 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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        I remember watching a productionof Hamlet in Canada.As Hamletbegan his“To be or not to be” soliloquy(独白), the hushed (寂静的) silence in the theater was broken by a little girl in the front row:“Mommy,I have to pee(尿尿). I have to pee NOW!” The audience roared with laughter and poor Hamlet never recovered.
  I was reminded of this little incident after hearing that 11 theaters in Shanghai will now allow children as young as three to attend live concerts and plays.Previously there had been a height restriction of 1.2 meters which effectively meant that only children aged five and above could be allowed in.
  Many parents like the change because they want to expose their children to culture as soon as possible. They believe culture enhances brain development and helps kids’ social development as well. This may or may not be true since psychologists are still divided on the issue. In any event, I don’t think it’s a good idea to push kids toward culture or force themto sit still to listen and watch things they do not understand and cannot appreciate. And, I hate to say it, there are some places where kids just don’t belong.
  Kids make a great audience when they are addressed directly.And today, there is a whole industry built up around children’s entertainment,frompantomimes(童话剧) to puppet shows(木偶剧) and even music concerts. For years the NewYork Philhar-monic(纽约爱乐乐团) has held children’s concerts to introduce kids to classical music. At these concerts kids can act up, move about and still hear great music.In this way,children learn to enjoy and eventually respect culture. Having themsquirming in their seats before they know how to behave doesn’t help them and it certainly doesn’t help the rest of the audience.
  In a sense, the Shanghai theaters are responding to a trend of parents insisting they have the right to bring their children everywhere—theaters, restaurants, even their workplace, without regard for the inconvenience this may bring to other people. So, are the parents teaching their kids about culture or just how to be selfish? It’s an interesting question.
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