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动物学校(寓言故事)(翻译)

(2010-05-25 17:04:23)
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动物学校(寓言故事)

                       江南梦忆 译

偶尔翻看自己的文件夹,意外发现下面这篇短章,而且是我自己翻译的文字,觉得很有意思,便拿出来晒晒。曾在2003年10月,我从书店买回来一本名叫Chicken Soup for the Soul(心灵鸡汤)的英语版图书,其中有这样一篇寓言故事,故事浅显,但寓意深刻,它反映了学校课程的某些弊端,于是我把它翻译成汉语。今天再读这篇文字,仍然觉得它很有现实意义。
    有一天,动物们做出一项决定:他们必须做一件有勇有谋的事情,以迎接“新世界”衍生出的各种难题的挑战。因此他们组织了一所学校。
    他们采用了活动课程的形式,科目有赛跑,攀登,游泳,以及飞行。为了便于课程管理,所有的动物必须学习所有的科目。
    鸭子是极棒的游泳能手,事实上,比他的教师更专业,但是,他在飞行上经过艰苦的训练,仅仅能通过级别考试,而在赛跑方面更是惭愧至极。既然他赛跑方面不行,就必须放学后留下来补课,以至于为了练习赛跑而放弃了游泳。这种情况一直持续着,直到他的脚蹼被严重磨穿为止。他在游泳方面只得了个唯一的及格成绩。而这个成绩是在学校训练中可以达到的,因此,除了要上学的鸭子之外,没有人在乎这件事。
    兔子在赛跑方面起初是班级的顶尖人物,无与伦比的,但是因为游泳前繁琐的化妆工作,居然也变得神经衰弱而落伍了。
    松鼠这个攀登健将,突然有一天在飞行班级中遭受了一次挫折,他的老师要求他从地面向上而不是平时那种从树稍向下自由自在的跳跃。这种强化训练倒使他成了一匹“千里马”,然后在攀登中得到一个C,在赛跑方面得到了一个D。
    鹰这个问题孩子也在接受着严格的训练。在攀缘而登的班级中,他击败了所有的对手最先到达树的顶端,但这是他坚持使用自己的方法的结果。
    在学年结束的时候,一条本来就可以出色地游泳,稍微能跑、攀登和飞行的不同寻常的鳗鱼,平均分数最高,成了最后的告别演说者。
    山拨鼠游离在学校之外,对抗税收,因为行政部门未将挖掘和打洞穴列入课程。他们让自己的孩子拜一只獾为师,后来土拨鼠和地鼠也纷纷加入到行列中来,成立了一所成功的私立学校。
    这则寓言故事能够给我们一个怎样的启示呢?

选自《心灵鸡汤》(安徽科学技术出版社)[美]George H. Reavis

附〖英语原文〗

The Animal School


  Once upon a time, the animals decided they must do something heroic to meet the problems of "a new world." So they organized a school.
  They adopted an activity curriculum consisting of running, climbing, swimming and flying. To make it easier to administer the curriculum, all the animals took all the subjects.
  The duck was excellent in swimming, in fact better than his instructor, but he made only passing grades in flying and was very poor in running. Since he was slow in running, he had to stay after school and also drop swimming in order to practice running. This was kept up until his webbed feet were badly worn and he was only average in swimming. But average was acceptable in school, so nobody worried about that except the duke.
  The rabbit started at the top of the class in running, but had a nervous breakdown because of so much makeup work in swimming.
  The squirrel was excellent in climbing until he developed frustration in the flying class where his teacher made him start from the ground up instead of from the treetop down. He also developed a "charlie horse " from overexertion and then got a C in climbing and a D in running.
The eagle was a problem child and was disciplined severely. In the climbing class he beat all the others to the top of the tree, but insisted on using his own way to get there.
  At the end of the year, an abnormal eel that could swim exceedingly well, and also run, climb and fly a little, had the highest average and was valedictorian.
  The prairie dogs stayed out of school and fought the tax levy because the administration would not add digging and burrowing to the curriculum. They apprenticed their children to a badger and later joined the groundhogs and gophers to start a successful private school.
  Does this fable have a moral?

——Chicken Soup for the Soul

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