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本帖最后由 qingchengshan 于 2015-12-10 16:31 编辑 “我的信念”是美国国家公共广播电台节目,每期会邀请来自各行各业、不同阶层的人士朗读自己的文章,围绕这个题目讲述个人经历和人生信念。在这里听一个平凡的美国人用自己的声音讲述他们的故事,从这里里发现、理解和相信自己成功的原因。大多的故事来自于美国人,但是对美好生活的追求和对幸福的期许,没有国界。

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The Power of Story


When Nathan Alling Long's dog was missing a few years ago, he found himself heartbroken and unable to accept the fact that he would never know what happened to her. But a friend suggested that he change his thinking and pretend his dog Gracie was on an adventure. Long then realized that he truly believes in the power of story.


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In New York City public schools, 176 different languages are spoken among the more than 1 million students.

 

For 160,000 children, English is not their first language. New York’s Department of Education makes learning better for these students by providing dual-language programs.

 

Students are taught in two languages, English and another one, like Russian or Chinese. Math, social studies, science and all other regular courses are taught in both languages. And they learn about the culture of the other country.

 

Milady Baez is Deputy Chancellor of English Language Learners and Student Support. She says these dual-language programs will help children succeed in the future.

 

"The jobs of the future require that our students know more than one language. They are going to be traveling abroad, they are going to be communicating with people from all over the world. This will open doors for them.”

 

David A. Booty Middle School in Brooklyn offers dual language education in four languages: Russian, Mandarin, Spanish and Hebrew.

 

Shuya Zhang teaches a dual language class. She says the program helps children get ready to work with people in other countries.

 

"Look at now-a-days, America started economic relationships with China. Lots of factories have been built, companies moved to China. They need people with the skills with both language skills so the kids when they are grown up, they already have this skill.”

 

Middle-schoolers might not have jobs on their minds yet. For Kequing Jaing, she likes keeping up her first language, Mandarin.

 

“It makes me, like,  feel that I am home because I can speak in Chinese, learn in Chinese, while learning in English. So it makes me feel better and makes me understand more about the task I’m learning.”

 

Anastasia Hudikova came to the United States when she was 2 years old.  She says the Russian-English program keeps her connected to her heritage and her parents happy.

 

“They’re really happy about the program that it exists. They are really happy that I can preserve my culture and my language, that I can speak it fluently in school.”

When my dog Gracie disappeared six years ago, I really learned what I believe. Gracie escaped from my boyfriend’s backyard around 2:00 p.m. We scoured the neighborhood for hours but had no luck. She was gone. We put up fliers, and by dark, we returned home, exhausted.

 

On the second day, I called my vet, the SPCA, and the animal shelter. Nothing. I felt lost, defeated.

 

If I knew Gracie had been killed, I would have been heartbroken, but I could’ve moved on. If I knew she was caught somewhere, I would rescue her. If I knew she had found a better home, I would be sad yet relieved. But how do I deal with the unknown? Pray? Wait patiently? Search endlessly? Give up? I didn’t know what to do, what to hope for.

 

The third day, while I was searching in the woods for Gracie with my friend Rhea, I confessed that losing Gracie was like losing faith in everything. Rhea smiled and said, “You know, maybe Gracie’s on a great adventure.” It seems strange, but I felt better then. Rhea’s words reminded me what, as a writer, I definitely have faith in: the power of story.

 

As one writer said, all we have is stories. It’s what holds our life together. We call some stories science, some stories myth, but imagine hearing for the first time that the world may be round or that solid matter is mostly hollow. Such stories only become real when we believe them. And some stories are never supported with scientific fact, but they still seem to hold true.

 

For instance, ten years earlier, I’d dreamed that I should get a dog, and by that evening, Gracie, a goofy-looking gray mutt, came into my life. When people on the street would ask what her breed was, I would say Muppet wolf terrier. It was a breed I made up because I believed Gracie was a breed of her own, a fluffy half dog, half wolf.

 

So why not imagine now, as Rhea suggested, that she was off on an adventure exploring her wolf side?

 

The fourth day started with me finding a nickel on the sidewalk. I’d always thought of finding money as a good omen. And I was convinced it meant Gracie would come home on the fifth day. I guess it was another story to hold on to.

 

On day five, I was at a friend’s house when her phone rang. I knew instantly it was news about Gracie. And I was right. Someone had found her in a downtown alley and had taken her in. Still, when I finally saw her in my hallway, her head lying quietly on her fluffy front paws, I cried. “My wolf days are over,” Gracie seemed to say. “I’m back to being a dog.”

 

Or so is the story I choose to believe.

 

Nathan Alling Long is a writer based in Germantown, Pennsylvania, and he is an associate professor of creative writing at Stockton University in New Jersey. The recipient of a Mellon Foundation Fellowship, a Truman Capote Literary Trust Scholarship, and a Pushcart Prize nomination, Long has had more than one hundred stories and essays published in journals and anthologies. His collection of short stories, Everything Merges with the Night, was a finalist for the Hudson Book Manuscript Prize and is currently seeking publication.

The New York schools also offer dual-language programs in seven other languages: Arabic, French, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Korean, Polish and Spanish. There are plans to add even more languages in the future.

 

While these dual-language programs are popular, some groups in the U.S. say teaching English comes first. U.S. English wants to make English the official language of the United States.

 

“We have no problem with folks speaking multiple languages … if people want to speak a different language at home,” says Todd DuBois with U.S. English. “What we do think is schools should prioritize English.”

 

He says studies show that children who learn English early will be more successful later. And, he says, focusing on English in the classroom will help the students learn the language faster.

 

I’m Anne Ball.

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[Homework]2015-11-20&11-26 故事的力量

And this brings me to what I believe.I believe life is a spiritual struggle.
I believe in being gacious to others.
I believe in the power of science fiction.
I believe in singing badly.
I believe that God lives in the space between people.
I believe in so much more than freedom of speech, and I believe that it's the time that we all took a stand.
This I believe.
Welcome to This I believe. I'm Don G*. So have you even sat down to write your own This I believe essay? Or are you more like the hundreds of people who have written to tell us that they love what we do, love listening to the stories of others, but they haven't yet got around writing their own essay. If this sounds like you, take heart. Sometimes, the moment of inspiration will come at a most unexpected time, when you said to yourself, Yes, that's what I believe. For this week's essayist, that unexpected moment of clarity came, when his dog Gracie ran away. For days, writer Nathan Alling Long looked everywhere for his friend, then started to lose hope and began to think he would never know what happened to her. But a friend suggested that changed his way of thinking, and pretend his dog Gracie was on a great adventure. Long then realized what he truly believes in the end, the power of story.
When my dog Gracie disappeared six years ago, I really learn what I believe. Gracie is skipping from my boyfriend's backyard around 2 p.m.. We scoured the neighbourhood for hours, but had no luck. She was gone. We put up flares in the dark when we returned home exhausted. On the second day, I called my vat the SBCA in the animal shelter, nothing. I felt lost, defeated. If I knew Gracie had been killed, I could have been heart-broken, but I could have moved on. If I knew she was caught somewhere, I could go on and rescue her. If I knew she have found a better home, I would be sad but relieved. Better than I deal with the unknown. Do I pray, wait patiently, search endlessly, give up? I didn't know what to do, what to hope for. The third day when I was out in the woods searching for Gracie with my friend Rel, I confessed that losing Gracie was like losing faith in everything.
Rel smiled and said, You know, maybe Gracie is on a great adventure. It seems strange, but I felt better then. Rel's words reminded me what, as a writer, I definitely have faith in, the power of story. As one writer said, all we have is stories. It's what holds our life together. We call some stories science, some stories a myth, but imagine hearing for the first time that the world may be round, where that sour matter is mostly hallow. I mean such stories only become real when we believe them. And some stories are supported with scientific fact, but they still seemed to hold the truth. For instance, 10 years earlier, I dreamed that I should get a dog. And by that evening, Gracie, a goofy-looking great mug, came into my life.
When people on the street would ask what breed was, I'd say half wolf terrier. That was a breed I'd made up, because I believe Gracie was a breed of her own, a fluffy half dog, half wolf. So why not imagine now, as Rel suggested that she is off on an adventure, exploring her wolf side?
The fourth day started with me finding a nickel on the sidewalk. I'd always thought finding money is a good omen, and I was convinced that nickel met Gracie would come home on the fifth day. I guess that was another story to hold on, too. On day five, I was at a friend's house, when her phone rang. I knew instantly it was news about Gracie. And I was right. Someone had found her in downtown L.A. and had taken her in. Still, when I finally saw her in my hallway, her head lying quietly on her fluffy front paws, I cried.
My wolf days are over, Gracie seemed to say, I'm back to being a dog. So this is the story I choose to believe.
Nathan Alling Long is a writer based in a German town, Pennsylvania, and an associated professor of creative writing at Stockton University in New Jersey. He's the recipient of McMiller Foundation Fellowship, a Truman C* Literary Trust Scholarship and Pr* card nomination. He's had more than a hundred stories and essays published in journals and anthologies. His collection of short stories, Everything Emerges with the Night, is the finalist of the Hardson Book Manuscript Prize and is currently seeking publication.

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