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“Lion Mom”Defends Cub Against Homework(九年级阅读)  

2015-04-04 15:37:28|  分类: 九年级阅读 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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      Benjamin Franklin said the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. If Benwere alive today and a student in Shanghai, he would have to revise that phrase to include homework and tests. Shanghai students face an average of three-to-four hours of homework each night as well as frequent tests all leading to the mountain top—the gaokao.
  But the burden of homework after a full day of lessons takes its toll on students. They feel tired,stressed; they lose sleep and there is no time for hobbies or to just relax and read a book. One mother in Shanghai looked at her once happy,now careworn(愁眉苦脸的) son and decided that enough is enough!She emailed her son’s teachers and asked them to assign no more than two hours of homework each night. His free time, she said, could be better spent doing other things such as swimming and painting. Netizens have dubbed (戏称) her“lion mom” for defending her child just as fiercely as a lion defends her cubs.
  “Lion mom” is among the growing number of parents who feel that the education system has lost its way and that their kids are not really learning the things they need to knowto become confident and emotionally mature young men and women. And “lion moms” don’t just exist in Shanghai. In some North American cities, such as Toronto, parents have successfully persuaded schools to reduce the number of hours of homework and to eliminate homework assignments on weekends and during holidays.
  So, if everyone (students, parents, even teachers) agrees that there should be less homework, what will the result be? Well, according to one study in the United States, the amount of homework assigned has very little effect on grades. But that same study also shows that homework does have a positive effect on student performance on standardized tests, such as the gaokao and PISA (the Program for International Student Assessment, 国际学生评估项目) tests.
  North America doesn’t have a gaokao, but China does.It’s a reality that students and parents, even “lion moms,” have to face. Until the system changes, that heavy burden of homework will remain.
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