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Gone is the raining season

 
雨季离去后便是Seattle一年中最漂亮的时候,托夏令时的福,傍晚6、7点钟天气开始微凉的时候,却还是白天,不喧嚣的。
 
今天听完了The World is Flat. 并不是传说中那么让人激动的一本书。特别是书中前半段铺天盖地的XXXing的排比式形容词的堆砌,让我想起了余秋雨。
 
书的亮点,于我而言,是关于美国教育系统的批评与反思。今天美国对这个世界的影响力已经超过了罗马帝国最全盛时期的状态。这种状态自二战发端迄今已有大约50年。有很多人(也许并不是很多人)以为一百年后不好说,不过五十年内一定还是星条旗的天下。但不得不说这个人类有史以来最强盛的帝国已经过早地出现人到中年的大腹便便。当代普通美国人对美洲大陆以外世界的无知、美国人对世界事务的傲慢、以及整个社会饱暖思淫欲的得意有时候已经让人瞠目结舌(至于西欧就更不用讲了,大家感兴趣的是讨论是每年要有2个月还是6个星期的休假)。诚然支撑这个社会的庞大精英阶层以及源源不断的优秀移民依然推动着合众国向前飞驶的轮子,诚然历史上绝大多数辉煌文明的烟消云散是因为统治阶级的迅速腐朽堕落而不是普通平民的浑浑噩噩(当然两者并非没有因果联系)。但这是历史,在这个世界变得越来越平的今天,由下而上的草根群众以及社会中坚的中产阶级的力量变得越来越可观,仅仅依靠相对少数的精英们以及似乎不会枯竭的移民资源到底是不是还是保证竞争力的良方,值得怀疑。
 
以下摘自《The World is Flat》by Thomas L Friedman:
 
Your average kid in the U.S. is growing up in a wealthy country with many opportunities, and many are the kids of advantaged educated people and have a sense of entitlement. Well, the hard reality for that kid is that fifteen years from now Wu is going to be his boss and Zhou is going to be the doctor in town. The competition is coming, and many of the kids are going to move into their twenties clueless about these rising forces…
When I asked Bill Gates about the supposed American education advantage-an education that stresses creativity, not rote learning-he was utterly dismissive. In his view, those who think that the more rote learning systems of China and Japan can’t turn
out innovators who can compete with Americans are sadly mistaken. Said Gates, "I have never met the guy who doesn’t know how to multiply who created software . . . Who has the most creative video games in the world? Japan! I never met these ‘rote people’. . . Some of my best software developers are Japanese. You need to understand things in order to invent beyond them."
 
One cannot stress enough: Young Chinese, Indians, and Poles are not racing us to the bottom. They are racing us to the top. They do not want to work for us; they don’t even want to be us. They want to dominate us-in the sense that they want to be creating the companies of the future that people all over the world will admire and clamor to work for. They are in no way content with where they have come so far. I was talking to a Chinese-American who works for Microsoft and has accompanied Bill Gates on visits to China. He said Gates is recognized everywhere he goes in China. Young people there hang from the rafters and scalp tickets just to hear him speak. Same with Jerry Yang, the founder of Yahoo!
 
In China today, Bill Gates is Britney Spears. In America today, Britney Spears is Britney Spears-and that is our problem.
 
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长长雨季中的灰色的记忆,may you be gone with the raining season. 曾经对太多的事故意视而不见,希望再回头时犹未晚。
 

12 responses to “Gone is the raining season

  1. 蚊子 April 10, 2007 at 3:55 am

    rote learning有时也是挺有必要的,毕竟脑袋不是每时每刻都那么开窍的,秀逗了是经常的,不过这不是长久之计,救急而已,救急而已…
     
    嗯…雨季终于过去了:-)

  2. miaomiao April 10, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    想想我们自己便是那些推着合众国向前飞驶轮子上的螺丝钉。。。
    最好的季节终于来临,每次看着光阴寸寸的过去,终有些不舍。太美好的时间,总是过去的最快。

  3. Rui April 10, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    Seattle在我心里是美丽的,因为有那个人而美丽!

  4. Annie April 11, 2007 at 2:27 am

    所以,从某种程度上来说,“911”或许是场深重的灾难,但至少在多数越战后“饱暖思淫欲”已久的美国人民心中,烙下了一种切实的危机感——任何种族、国家,都并非遗世独立或完全凌驾于他人之上。其他种族、国家,无论是友是敌,切实存在于世界的某一隅,并与遥在千里之外的美国发生着千丝万缕的关系——这是不可避免的。而关于教育。。。本人认识不够深刻。。。。

  5. Demon April 11, 2007 at 3:07 am

    @ 蚊子:夏天的Seattle你是第一次看到吧?很漂亮的,: )
     
    @ miaomiao: 下周开始准备出去hiking了,: ) 要不要一起去?
     
    @ 雨雪: 呵呵,马上就要来和他团聚了吧?
     
    @ Annie: 对教育,我有一些认识… 比如我们那时搞过的“中心思想归纳”,“‘似乎确凿’是不是很矛盾”,“下列哪个字是含有不同韵母”,“这句话中‘好容易’为什么不能改成‘好不容易’”(I am serious, there was exactly such a problem in one of the hundred tests I have ever taken)都形成了我的认识。
     
     

  6. miaomiao April 11, 2007 at 4:36 am

    你有什么好的hiking路线,让我知道~ 我只胜任3mile以下easy的trail,你看有没有必要带我拉。。。

  7. Annie April 11, 2007 at 4:52 am

    “对教育,我有一些认识…”
    虽然列举了很长的一串。。依旧未阐明究竟是怎样的“一些认识”。。-_-b
     
     

  8. 蚊子 April 11, 2007 at 8:19 am

    06年看过夏天的尾巴,今年可以看全了:)

  9. Rui April 11, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    期盼相聚的日子…越快越好!
    期待在机场…能大大的HUG,
    一开家门,有淡淡的百合香和GODIVA巧克力,
    then sweet kiss:) haha~~

  10. Demon April 12, 2007 at 1:30 am

     
    @ miaomiao: 3 miles以下… 有困难啊…
     
    @ Annie: 太长,不便叙述,offline交流好了
     
    @ 蚊子: Good for you, : )
     
    @ 雨雪:呵呵,听说你bf是我同事?
     

  11. Rui April 12, 2007 at 3:06 am

    yuanyuan,your this colleague is not my bf,he is my fiance.^-^

  12. Demon April 16, 2007 at 2:31 am

    呵呵,难怪每次说起都是一脸幸福。

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