"It hurts me more than you," and "This is for your own good." These are the statements my mother used to make years ago when I had to learn Latin, lean my room, stay home and do homework.
That was before we entered the permissive period in education in which we decided it was all right not to push our children to achieve their best in school. The schools and the educators made it easy on us. They taught that it was all right to be parents who take a let-alone policy. We stopped making our children do homework. We gave them calculators turned on the television, left the teaching to the teachers and went on vacation.
Now teachers, faced with children who have been developing at their own pace for the past 15 years, are realizing we've made a terrible mistake. One such teacher is Sharon Klompus who says of her students-"so passive"-and wonders what happened. Nothing was demanded of them, she believes. Television, says Kiompus, contributes to children's passivity. "We're not training kids to work any more," says Klompus, "We're talking about a generation kids who have never been hurt or hungry. They have learned somebody will always do it for them. Instead of saying‘go look it up', you tell them the answer. It takes greater energy to say 'no' to a kid."
Yes, it does. It takes energy and it takes work. It's time for parents to end their vacation and come back to work. It's time to take the car away, to turn the TV off, to tell them it hurts you more than them but it's for their own good. It's time to start telling them "no" again.
第1题. Children are becoming more inactive in study because ________.
A. they watch TV too often
B. they have done too much homework
C. they have to fulfil too many duties
D. teachers are too strict with them
第2题.To such children as described in the passage______.
A. it is easier to say "no" than to say "yes"
B. neither is easy-to say "no" or to say "yes"
C. it is easier to say "yes" than to say "no"
D. neither is difficult-to say "yes" or to say "no"
第3题.We learn from the passage that the author's mother used to lay emphasis on _______.
A. learning Latin
B. natural development
D. education at school
第4题. By "permissive period, in education" (S1, Para.2) the author means a time ________
A. when children are allowed to do what they wish to
B. when everything can be taught at school
C. when every child can be educated
D. when children are permitted to receive education
详解：答案A.第二段具体描述了详permissive period in education(教育的自然发展阶段)的情形：无人要求孩子在学校取得好成绩，无人责怪父母对孩子放任自流。孩子可以使用计算器，可以看电视，父母则驱车去度假。总之，父母对孩子不管教，也就是说，孩子可以随心所欲。这与A项的意思一致。
第5题.The main idea of the passage is that _______
A. parents should leave their children alone
B. kids should have more activities at school
C. it's time to be more strict with our kids
D. parents should always set a good example to their kids
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