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EDUCATION REPORT - A High School Offers Single-Sex Classes to Top Students

(2010-12-02 13:14:24)
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教育报道——美国某高中为高年级学生开设同性别课程

Most American schools have boys and girls in the same classroom. But a public high school in the small, rural town of Boonsboro, Maryland, offers a special program. Top students in the ninth and tenth grades can attend single-sex classes for math, science, English and social studies.

美国大部分学校的课堂上是男女生混合上课的情况,但是位于马里兰州一个叫做Boonsboro的偏远小镇的某公立高中却开设了一个特别的项目。9、10年级的高年级学生可以参加班上都是同一性别学生的课程,这些课程包括数学、科学、英语和社会研究。

The aim is to help teenagers keep their mind on their work by keeping males and females apart.

该项目的意图是通过将异性分开,帮助青少年把注意力集中在功课上。

Rebecca Brown chooses the students for what Boonsboro High School calls the Academy.

Rebecca Brown挑选一些学生参加Boonsbore高中所谓的“Academy”项目。

REBECCA BROWN: "What we really want to do is take that top group of kids and take them to the very highest level they can achieve here, so that they're prepared for college."

REBECCA BROWN:“我们真正想做的事情是将高年级的孩子挑选出来,并将他们引领到在此学校可以达到的最高层次,因此他们就为进入大学做好了准备。”

Placement in the Academy is voluntary. Students are invited after middle school.

They need high marks and test scores and strong teacher recommendations. They also need to be involved in activities.

进入Academy是一种自愿行为,中学毕业后,毕业生会受到邀请,但是他们需具有好的学习成绩及老师的强力推荐。同时,他们也必须是积极参加各项活动的学生。

Almost three hundred fifty students have taken part in the Academy. It began as an experiment in two thousand four.

大约350名学生参加了这种Academy,该项目作为一项实验起始于2004年。

Michael Bair has been at Boonsboro High for twenty years and directs the Academy. His ninth-grade English class for boys centers on books that he believes boys find interesting.

Michael Bair在Boonsboro高中工作了20年,并负责Academy的指导工作。他为9年级的男孩子们准备了英语课上用的书籍,并相信孩子们会对它们产生浓厚兴趣。

MICHAEL BAIR: "The novels they're reading now, for lack of a better phrase, they're very manly novels. They're novels that deal with the arrogance of man and the pride of man which is ultimately man's downfall."

MICHAEL BAIR:“他们现在阅读的小说因缺乏好的词组,所以是非常大男子主义的小说。这些小说表现的内容是男人的傲慢和尊严,而这些也最终导致男人的衰落。

One of those books, for example, is "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London. This classic story tells of a dog stolen from his home and sold to work as a sled dog in Canada's Klondike Gold Rush.

例如其中一本杰克·伦敦写的 《野性的呼唤》。这个故事非常经典,讲述的是一只狗被偷走然后卖到加拿大Klondike Gold Rush当做雪橇狗的故事。

On this day, the students are working in small groups. Vincent and Logan explain why they are drawing pictures that relate to the story.

一天,学生们分组学习,Vincent和Logan解释为什么绘了一幅与故事有关的图片。

VINCENT: "The main character, Buck, he gets abducted and they send him off to the Yukon in a train. So I'm drawing part of the story where he's in the train. It gets you to visualize the setting of the story and gets you to think more about what's going on in the story, the important events of the story."

VINCENT:“小说中的主要角色巴克被绑架,并被送上开往Yukon的火车上。因此我画的这个部分是它在火车上的场景。这幅画能你看到故事中的场景,并让你思考故事中发生的事情和重要事件。”

LOGAN: "Instead of just doing work sheets about it, this is a lot more fun."

LOGAN:“用这种方式比工作图表更有乐趣了。”

Morgan Van Fleet is a senior at Boonsboro High. She liked being in the Academy. She says boys and girls act differently when they are together in a classroom.

Morgan Van Fleet是Boonsboro高中的一名高年级学生,她喜欢Academy的教学环境,她说当男女生共同上课的时候,他们的反应是不同的。“

MORGAN VAN FLEET: "To me, it almost seems like it's hinder[HW1] ing your chances at developing yourself because you're more focused on 'Oh, I wish they'd shut up. Oh, what do they think of me?' instead of focusing on what's the homework or what's going on in this class, what's the lesson."

MORGAN VAN FLEET:“对我来说,这几乎差不多就像阻碍你发展的机会,因为你的注意力是放在‘哦,多希望他们能闭嘴。哦,他们会怎么想我呢?’,而不是家庭作业或者这节课教的内容上。”

There is one activity that girls and boys in the Academy do together. At the end of the day, many of them stay and help tutor students who are having trouble in school.

在Academy项目中有一项男女生共同参与的活动。在每天的课程结束时,他们会留下来帮助辅导在学校遇到麻烦的学生。


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