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Breaking down stereotypes
作者:21ST    来源:21英语网    日期: 2012-03-23

人教版高三年级:Finding the correct perspective

关键词:students’ psychological problems; stress and pressure; a balance between work and rest



A stereotype (成见) is a belief about a person or a group based on the idea that everyone in that particular group acts in the same way. For example, if someone says all students who wear glasses are hard working, or all mothers cook, or people who look a certain way are dangerous, that person is using a stereotype.

All stereotypes are harmful, because they judge a person based mainly on his or her being part of a particular group, regardless of (不管) his or her unique identity. It's important to understand stereotypes and why people use them.

Teens' overseas reporter Zhang Beibei is in school in New Zealand. And he tells a story of how he tried his best to break down the stereotypes that local students have about the Chinese.

Not that strange

AFTER six months of living in New Zealand, I realized one thing: Despite my desire for greater contact with local students, it wouldn't happen unless I initiated (主动) some action.

Local students are not interested in contact with international students, because they regard us as shy, dull and sometimes snobbish (势利的) people. Of course we know that's not true. It's a stereotype which people attach to us. I wanted to change their ideas.

After realizing the problem, I put on my "confidence mask" every morning, and walked around with a smile on my face. I chatted with people whenever I had the chance. I showed that I was not afraid to open up to them and that I was worthy of being their friend.

A side-effect (副作用) of my forced confidence was the occasional (偶尔的) breakdown of my emotions. Only in the privacy of my room, where no one could see, would I reveal (表露) my real emotions. All the rejections and people calling me a 'weirdo' (古怪的人) made me turn to tears. But, once that was done, I would put on my confidence mask again and start a new day.

And, finally it worked. My name became known throughout the school as I appeared to be enthusiastic and active, and people began gossiping about this new international student who was a little bit "different". I was known as "Beibei - the weird exchange student". My name was out there.

To kill spare time, I got involved in many extracurricular (课外的) activities, such as the choir (唱诗班), cross-country running and theatre work. All these activities created new opportunities to make friends.

Slowly, I discovered that I no longer needed to put on my confidence mask. I had real friends who'd come to visit and invite me to rugby games. Instead of dragging myself to school and pretending to be happy, I was truly happy.

I could not believe it when I was elected to be part of the student government this year as Deputy Head Boy ? the first international student to receive the title.

From my experience in New Zealand, I believe one thing will always ring true: If you try your best to reach your goals, you'll achieve your "impossible" dream.

Explore your ideas

1. How did a confident mask helped Zhang break down the stereotypes of local students?

2. Do you think a mask is necessary to make yourself accepted by your group? If you were Zhang, what would you do to make yourself welcome to local students?

关键词:关键词: 人教版 高三 Finding the correct perspective 个人情感Emotions


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